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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Saving Lives by Saving Time – for 28 years

From just one helicopter flying out of a temporary airbase, to three helicopters serving a population of over six million people, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity certainly has come a long way since 1991.

We can proudly say that our dedicated flight paramedics and doctors have responded to over 50,000 incidents, which is a third more than any other air ambulance service in the UK.

However, none of this would have been possible without our fantastic fundraisers and volunteers, so where did it all begin?

1991 - 21st May

Launch

A handful of people formally launched a new air ambulance service called ‘Air 5’ at Hagley Hall in Worcestershire, operating a Bolkow aircraft. The air ambulance service was one of the first of its kind in the UK and would be operational five days a week.

1991 - 27th May

First mission

Six days after its launch, ‘Air 5’ responded to its first flying mission. A woman had suffered a fall on the mountainside in Hay on Wye in Powys and needed emergency pre-hospital medical care. Quick into action, the newly established flight crew rushed to the scene, stabilising the patient before airlifting her to Herefordshire Hospital in just six minutes. The charity’s first successful mission had just been completed!

1991 - October

RAF Cosford

‘Air 5’ moved its airbase to RAF Cosford in Shropshire, where our air operations hub remains today. Eventually ‘Air 5’ was renamed ‘County Air Ambulance’ in recognition of the eleven counties of England and Wales then served by the charity.

1995 - May

Extended flying hours

With operations getting busier, and with increased fundraising, from May 1995 the charity was able to extend its flying hours to ten hours a day, seven days a week.

Since then our flying hours have again been reviewed, and we now routinely provide a daily 16-hour service all year round, meaning the service flies between lit helipads in the hours of darkness during the winter months.

1997

Expansion

‘County Air Ambulance’ launched its second operational helicopter and opened a new airbase at Strensham Services on the M5 in Worcestershire. This was to be the first air ambulance airbase located on a motorway network in the country, proving to be an excellent location for responding to incidents in the quickest possible time.

An EC135 was leased for Strensham from Babcock Mission Critical Services, then known as Bond Air Services. It was the first time that such an aircraft had ever been used as an air ambulance. The model is now the most popular amongst air ambulances in the UK.

1999 - November

Third operational airbase

The charity’s third airbase opened at East Midlands Airport.

Nine years later, this aircraft base was relocated to Tatenhill in Staffordshire as part of a re-organisation of air services in the region.

2001

New aircraft

The Bolkow at RAF Cosford was replaced with another EC135, also leased from Babcock Mission Critical Services.

2009

New name for MAAC

‘County Air Ambulance’ changed its name to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, aiming to increase the affiliation between the service and the communities it serves.

2014 - April

Purchased first aircraft

In 2014, we unveiled our first wholly charity owned EC135 helicopter; registered G-OMAA, which was purchased thanks only to the generosity of the general public, and a £1.4 million legacy from Mr Derek Bullivant.

Originally based from RAF Cosford, the helicopter, which cost £4.5 million, is now operational from the Strensham airbase.

2018 - February

Second aircraft purchased

We launched our second wholly charity owned helicopter, a H145 air ambulance, registered G-RMAA, funded thanks to generous donations from our supporters. This aircraft is based from RAF Cosford, with their aircraft being moved to Strensham, and Strensham’s ‘G-HWAA’ moving to Tatenhill.

2018 - June

Critical care car

On 1st June 2018, MAAC launched a new service in Birmingham and the Black Country to specifically tend to those suffering from either a heart attack, cardiac arrest, sepsis, stroke or serious respiratory issues.

The Critical care car is operated between 7am and 7pm by a critical care paramedic.

 

Today, tomorrow and in the future…

We continue to save lives across the communities of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands, flying seven days a week, 365 days a year.

To continue this vital service, we need to raise in excess of £9 million each year and this is where we need your help.

It is because of you, our fabulous fundraisers, donors, corporate partners and volunteers that the charity has managed to be where it is today and with your support we will continue to offer our lifesaving service to people in your area.

Thank you for your support.

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