Bond Air Services has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide Scotland’s first and only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance.
The recently-launched Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) announced yesterday that Bond has been selected to supply the new frontline life-saving resource for an initial seven-year period, following a rigorous and extensive tendering process.
The launch of a Perth Airport-based charity air ambulance in Scotland to work alongside the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) will see the country’s helicopter emergency medical response capability increased by 50 percent. There are currently two Government-funded helicopters operated by SAS based at Glasgow and Inverness.
SCAA plans to launch with a Bo 105 CBS twin-engine helicopter, initially operating an average of 10 hours a day, seven days a week.
SCAA chairman John Bullough said that Bond, who currently has the contract for the country’s two state-funded helicopter air ambulances, was “the perfect fit” for the charity.
Patients living in northern Alberta will continue to have access to rapid, reliable, and safe emergency care when the new air ambulance base is relocated to the Edmonton International Airport (EIA), in March.
Alberta Health Services air ambulance operations are moving to a new 3,600 square-metre hangar at the Edmonton International Airport, immediately adjacent to the new STARS emergency air ambulance facilities. The move comes in response to the City of Edmonton’s decision to close the Edmonton City Centre Airport.
“In developing an alternative solution, our primary concern was, and is, to ensure the highest-possible patient safety and quality of care,” said Health Minister Fred Horne. “We have achieved that with this new state-of-the-art facility.”
The Edmonton International Airport was chosen because it’s the safest and most reliable option for patients being flown to Edmonton, due to its advanced infrastructure, proximity to major hospitals and the ability to land and take off in bad weather. The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) did an analysis of the Edmonton International as the new site for air ambulance services and all 18 of its recommendations have been reviewed in setting up the new operations.