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New Air Ambulance Base Will Provide Quality Care for Northern Alberta Patients

New Air Ambulance Base Will Provide Quality Care for Northern Alberta Patients

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.

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Herts Air Ambulance Charity Targeted by Thieves

Herts Air Ambulance Charity Targeted by Thieves

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.

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Pilot in Tragic London Crash Flew for Air Ambulances

Pilot in Tragic London Crash Flew for Air Ambulances

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.”

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787 Electrical Fires, Fuel Leaks Lead to More Groundings

787 Electrical Fires, Fuel Leaks Lead to More Groundings

The outlook for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is looking bleaker by the day.

Most recently, all 787s in Japan were grounded after another incident involving one of the aircraft led to an emergency landing.

Smoke was detected on-board by the aircraft’s computer systems, and a burning smell in the cockpit was reported by the 787 crew, leading to an emergency landing. The incident led to the grounding of all 787s operated by Japan’s two largest airlines.

It has been speculated that the incident may have been related to the high-capacity lithium-ion batteries that are used in the new aircraft. These can store much higher amounts of energy, can be recharged much more quickly, and are even much more lightweight than other types of batteries.

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Mercy Air Ambulance Hit by Green Laser

Mercy Air Ambulance Hit by Green Laser

According to an article posted by 10 News, a rotor air ambulance from Mercy Air experienced a laser pointer incident not once, but twice, while on its way back from transporting a gunshot victim.

The laser strikes occurred sometime around 1AM Pacific Time yesterday, according to 10 News.

Aiming any kind of laser at an aircraft is a felony. Those who are charged with interfering with aircraft using easily-available handheld lasers can be charged with heavy fines and often prison time — and the perps are caught more often than you might think.

In this case, a Sheriff’s helicopter was dispatched to the area where the strikes were reported by the air ambulance. Unfortunately, in this case, they were unable to find the person who had been shining the laser. Typically — and especially in the case of repeated laser strikes against an aircraft — police aerial units can often pinpoint the location using sophisticated equipment.

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