Local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has moved to clear up any confusion about the Air Ambulance service following reports that the original helicopter used has been sent to Germany for repairs.
“It’s not in dispute that the original Air Ambulance helicopter – an EC-135 - has been out of commission since an incident in early summer and has been sent to Germany for repairs. But there has been some unfortunate confusion that the service has been affected as a result.
“I think it’s important that the public know that the transfer of the damaged helicopter to Germany has in no way affected what has been a highly successful emergency response service.
“Following the damage to the original helicopter in the summer, the prompt installation of a replacement helicopter - an AW139 - has ensured the air ambulance service has been in full operation since.
“Indeed, following damage to the EC-135 in the summer, the service was only disrupted for two weeks following its swift replacement with the AW139. As can be seen in the photograph taken in a part of County Roscommon last week, the air ambulance continues to respond to emergency situations on a regular basis.
“Recent data has revealed that the Air Ambulance (Emergency Aeromedical Service) is currently carrying out about four missions a week since its early June launch. It’s a service which continues to play a key role in emergency life-saving situations on a daily basis and I hope this clarifies any unfortunate confusion caused,” concluded Deputy Feighan.