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100th floodlit landing site established to aid Devon Air Ambulance night flying

PUBLISHED: 10:03 03 April 2019

The Devon air ambulance

The Devon air ambulance

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The Devon Air Ambulance now has over 100 community landing sites across the county, supporting the flying medics’ night time missions

Throughout Devon communities are working hard to establish pre-¬surveyed floodlit community landing sites which enable Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) to reach patients during the hours of darkness.

Using these designated sites means their crews can land in the heart of communities to administer essential emergency treatment.

Recent additions to the network came at Langtree in North Devon and Foxhole, Paignton.

The floodlighting helps illuminate the landing area, allowing medical teams to see clearly as they assess and treat patients.

Toby Russell, Community Landing Sites Development Officer at DAA says: “We’re pleased to see lots more sites currently being developed throughout Devon and we encourage any community that has not contacted us yet to get in touch.”

Devon Air Ambulance CEO, Heléna Holt, said: “We’re delighted to be able to celebrate the 100th Community Landing Site which has just gone live.

“Thanks to these sites we have been able to assist 118 patients since we started flying into the hours of darkness in November 2016.”

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