‘Great Wyrley Birds’ Flock To Tatenhill

As the aircrew at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity work so closely together, they often refer to one another as family, and for three members of the life saving team based at the Tatenhill airbase, they even went to the same high school in Walsall.

Paramedics Dave Bentley and Pete Edwards, along with pilot Matt Wood all attended Great Wyrley High School in Walsall. Dave Bentley comments: “ Pete and I attended a couple of years apart , Matt was there a few years previously. It’s amazing what a small world it is, that we’ve all chosen a career at Midlands Air Ambulance and ended up at the same airbase – Tatenhill in Staffordshire.”

Dave adds: “We believe we are so privileged doing what we do and have the best jobs in the world. The banter is great and we’re often on shift together and get to catch up on old times, the school and of course the teachers!”

Pete adds: “Being from the same school and background gives us a great bond and makes us a very close knit team, we all have patient’s best interests at heart and we will always try and go the extra mile to help.”

The trio make up part of a team of 40 paramedics, and six pilots that work with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity across the service’s three airbases, Tatenhill in Staffordshire, RAF Cosford in Shropshire and Strensham in Worcestershire.

If you want to find out more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, please call the team on 0800 8 40 20 40.

Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.