Local Dignitaries welcomed to new Airbase

Dignitaries from across the regions joined staff, volunteers and supporters to view the new facilities at Midlands Air Ambulance Strensham Airbase.

The ribbon-cutting event in Worcestershire unveiled the newly refurbished crew accommodation and modified helipad.

The project took six months to complete at a cost in excess of £200,000 - made possible by grant funding and the never ending support from local fundraisers.

Aircrew on Helimed06 landed to an audience, as delighted visitors gathered to watch the helicopter return from an incident before the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Kathleen Lines, officially unveiled the new facilities.

Visitors had a guided tour before enjoying a buffet and speeches.

Hanna Sebright, CEO, said; “We would like to thank you for joining us in unveiling the new facilities and in thanking everyone who has made this refurbishment possible. Strensham is now a showcase airbase.”

Hanna continued; “Today is an opportunity for you all to have a closer look at what we do. Thanks to the grant funding from County Air Ambulance Trust and local supporters, those who provide a lifesaving service can now work in the surroundings they deserve.”

Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer said; “This is a landmark day. The staff designed it and it is the second out of the three airbases to be refurbished. We are making sure we are delivering for our staff as well as continuing to provide the best possible chance for our patients.

We see daily, the impact the aircraft has in providing patient care. Our staff are always reminded that this is a donation funded service, we need the public - their support is invaluable. It is with thanks to the public that we represent the very best fleet and team in the country. I am very proud of the service.”

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.