Every year we need to raise £2.1 million to keep our Air Ambulance flying. To date, with the generous support of our local communities this has been possible.
Our current Ambucopter is an MD 902 Explorer, supplied by Specialist Aviation Services. It is based at RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln, and is unaffected by road congestion, country roads, heavy vehicles or road works. It is fully equipped and staffed by a Pilot, two Paramedics, and a Doctor. This service literally makes the difference between life and death.
In an emergency when someone rings 999 they get through to the East Midlands Ambulance Service. The severity and urgency of the emergency will be assessed,and if deemed suitable, our Ambucopter will be deployed.
The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance work as a team with the East Midlands Ambulance Service. A dedicated HEMS dispatcher, based in EMAS’ control room, deploys the Ambucopter and crew to incidents and then monitors their progress throughout.
This diagram shows what happens when you call 999. The Ambucopter will most often be dispatched for Red 1 and Red 2 emergencies and if circumstances such as the remoteness of location demand it, Green 1 and 2.