Local members of the local HSE ambulance control centre were given a tour of the recently launched Air Ambulance Helicopter at Bee Park in Manorhamilton on Monday last.
Paramedics Kevin Reilly, Hugh Gilmartin and Pat McCreevy along with Lead Paramedic Ciaran Sheridan welcomed the crew from the air ambulance, an EC135 helicopter which is based at Custume Barracks in Athlone. The aircraft is operated by the Air Corps while National Ambulance Service (NAS) advanced paramedics are responsible for patient care.
The aeromedical service began operations on June 4th of this year and has responded to a wide range of emergencies including strokes, heart attacks and road traffic collisions. Since commencement, the service has responded to emergency calls across the west and north west. To date, the emergency response crew has airlifted a seriously injured cyclist following a collision in County Clare as well as a critically injured rally navigator from a crash in Portlaoise.