Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, SCAA, on April 3 launched its second emergency response helicopter. Described as the only charity of its type in Scotland, SCAA has operated a single aircraft in nationwide Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) since 2013 from its base at Perth Airport.
The charity has now doubled its capability with a second helicopter service – under call sign Helimed 79 – from an additional base at Aberdeen International Airport.
SCAA explains its two air ambulances will cover the whole of Scotland, working alongside two government-funded helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft – all tasked through the country’s 999 emergency response service.
“There’s never been a more crucial time for additional emergency pre-hospital care resources in Scotland and SCAA is proud to be able to strengthen the country’s air ambulance fleet,” said John Bullough, founding chairman of SCAA. “Within seven years, this relatively young charity has been able to sustain one helicopter and then fund a second which is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved – not least the public, whose generous support funds our entire life-saving service.”