Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance welcomes new paramedic to team

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance welcomes new paramedic to team

A Lincolnshire-based paramedic is reaching new heights in his career as he joins the life-saving crew at Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Rob Fillmer, who lives in Fiskerton, has served as a paramedic with East Midlands Ambulance Service for the last six years. Prior to his most recent role, Rob spent eight years with the Royal Marines before moving to New Zealand for 18 months. Upon his return to the UK in 2011, Rob completed his Paramedic Practice course at Sheffield Hallam University and has been helping members of the local communities as a paramedic ever since.

The new HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Paramedic joins the highly skilled medical team at the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance following a challenging recruitment process. Rob completed various tests, which assessed his ability to carry heavy life-saving equipment to a patient in need of vital treatment. Following successful completion of fitness tests and a written exam, Rob was then invited to the Charity’s HQ to meet the team and take part in a formal interview.

Rob officially began his new role on board the Ambucopter earlier this month, where he provides critical care to patients across the two counties who are suffering from some of the most severe injuries and serious illnesses.

He said: “I have always had my sights set on joining the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. I am immensely proud to now be part of such a well-regarded local Charity.

“Being able to provide critical care to those in need is incredibly rewarding. I am looking forward to helping many people within our local community during a time when every second really does count.”

This year, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Since airlifting their very first patient on 13th May 1994, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has provided a life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for local communities across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. To date, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has been called out to over 20,000 critically injured patients across the two counties.

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives no direct Government funding and relies solely on the support of the communities to raise the funds needed to keep their helicopter in the air. Every year they respond to an average of 1,000 potentially life-saving missions, each costing approximately £2,500.

If you would like to find out more about the life-saving work of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance or to make a donation, visit ambucopter.org.uk.