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Athlone Air Ambulance Celebrates 10th Anniversary This Year

Athlone Air Ambulance will celebrate its 10 year anniversary this year. The air ambulance responded to over 6,000 taskings to date.

Formally known as the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS), it was launched at Custume Barracks, Athlone, on June 4, 2012, and since then has been providing life-saving aid to people with cardiac, trauma, or other medical issues requiring urgent attention.

A pilot of the air ambulance service in Athlone says he believes the project has proven its worth over the last 10 years and has a good future ahead.

Captain Jason McDermott said it was a great achievement for the Athlone Air Ambulance to celebrate its 10 year anniversary, stating, “the EAS will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this summer and has proved hugely beneficial over the past decade.”

The air service was begun as a pilot project in June of 2012 following the controversial closure of the accident and emergency unit at Roscommon hospital.

Since then the helicopter based at Custume Barracks in Athlone and manned by the Irish Air Corp and National Ambulance Service has responded to over 6,000 taskings.

Captain Mc Dermott continued, “everyone involved believes it has played a vital role in bringing emergency medical care to people in the midlands, as well as further afield.”

Source: Shannonside


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