Photo courtesy of Sloane Helicopters
Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR), a charity dedicated to pre-hospital care, has signed a contract with U.K.-based Sloane Helicopters to establish Ireland’s first community air ambulance service.
The AugustaWestland AW109 helicopter will be operated by ICRR and is due in Ireland at the end of July. Air ambulance service is expected to begin in August.
The ICRR aircraft will be based at Cork Airport and bring a 10,000-square-mile area within 20 minutes of critical care.
The service will be tasked through a call system operated by the National Ambulance Service at its National Emergency Operations Centre. It is also being supported by the Department of Health.
The service will include a medical crew capable of providing life-saving treatment to seriously ill or injured patients, along with rapid transport to a critical care facility. The community air ambulance service is expected to respond to up to 500 calls per year.