The latest incident in the unfortunate string of air ambulance charity thefts that has plagued us over the past few years, the Herts Air Ambulance charity has now been targeted by thieves.
The incident occurred on December 29, but an article about the theft just appeared on cambridge-news.co.uk earlier today.
Among the valuable items stolen from the charity were electronic equipment and a cell phone. A double-glazed door was also severely damaged during the break-in.
As always, it is a sad state of affairs when an air ambulance charity is targeted. One would think that even the average career criminal would have the base level of conscience needed to avoid pilfering from any charity that directly funds the saving of lives.
Certainly then, these type of thieves represent the lowest of the low — the bottom of the bottom of the barrel. Hopefully, law enforcement will be able to catch those responsible for the theft from the security camera footage.
Captain Pete Barnes, an air ambulance pilot with over 12,000 hours of flying time, was flying a helicopter over London today in bad weather conditions, when his aircraft tragically collided with a cloud-shrouded crane on top of one of Europe’s highest residential buildings and lost control.
At this time, it is believed that the helicopter was on a commercial flight from Surrey to Elstree when Captain Barnes attempted to divert to a helipad in London due to the bad weather. The crane was completely obscured by clouds at the time of the crash.
Eighty-eight firefighters responded to the chaotic scene. A police spokesman declared it “something of a miracle” that the crash, which occurred in central London, was not “many, many times worse.”
USTRANSCOM, the sub-department of the US Department of Defense known as the United States Transportation Command, airlifted 300 medical professionals into New York City yesterday.
These airlifted medical personnel are desperately needed in the areas of New York City most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Primarily, these teams of healthcare professionals known as Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT), including nurses and doctors, will be attending to New York’s at-risk nursing home residents and other at-risk elderly.
USNORTHCOM, the United States Northern Command that provides military support for civil authorities within the U.S., has staged four medium rotary wing utility aircraft and four medium rotary wing “Search and Rescue” aircraft at Hanscom AFB, Mass., for potential logistical and search and rescue operations along the coasts of Mass., Conn., and Rhode Island to provide support for FEMA.
As the U.S. solemnly remembers the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, one highly decorated veteran has helped us to remember the sacrifices made by military air ambulance crews during the conflict.
In Dead Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam, Medal of Honor recipient Major General Patrick H. Brady (Ret.) tells how U.S. humanitarian air medical evacuation efforts originated and eventually played a critical role in the Vietnam War.
These aeromedical missions were not limited only to rescuing American soldiers, but Vietnamese soldiers and civilians as well.
The heart of the U.S.’s airborne medical evacuation efforts in the war was comprised by the operation Dust Off, a very dangerous helicopter rescue operation. Each air medical crew in Dust Off consisted of four people: two pilots, a medic and a crew chief. Gen. Brady headed the 54th Medical Detachment, which was directly responsible for saving the lives of literally thousands of enemy and friendly personnel.
We all know that air ambulances by nature take a ton of money to upkeep. Routine maintenance and checks for ultra-high-tech, flying ICUs inherently result in expensive, but inevitable, repair bills.
Notwithstanding, this headline caught our attention; mainly due to the number of zeroes involved.
Joe Willis from The Northern Echo reported that a helicopter from Great Northern Air Ambulance Service recently was required to pay for a replacement gearbox after the old one reached the end of its 300-hour life. How much did it cost to replace that single aircraft component? 250,000 in British Sterling.
The roughly $400,000 USD bill is a reminder of exactly how important the public donations to the emergency air ambulance service are.
Incredibly, the single part could have cost the air ambulance service about 900,000 GBP new (that’s a trifle less than $1.5 million for those of us across the pond). Luckily, the company was apparently able to locate a like-new, reconditioned gearbox that “only” cost $400,000.