DLRAA, July 16, 2012 - Friday 13th is always a date that stands out, but last week's date will be extra memorable for the crew of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), as they achieved a milestone rescue mission.
On Friday, DLRAA attended their 4,000th rescue since the Charity started back in January 2008.
From accidents up in the rural areas of the Peak District, to road accidents on some of Britain's major motorways, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) is always on hand to help provide emergency treatment and transport, serving a population of over 1.4 million and saving lives across the counties.
Based at East Midlands Airport, DLRAA first flew in January 2008. In a remarkable coincidence pilot Shaun Tinkler Rose who flew that very first mission, also flew the 4,000th one on Friday.
Since the first rescue, DLRAA have flown to a variety of different missions. Road traffic accidents are the most common call out, but equestrian accidents are also high equating for 11% of all missions, with falls being the third most common call out at 10%.
Being based near to the Peak District, DLRAA often get called to climbing and walking accidents, and they've also had some more unusual incidents, such as two cases of decompression sickness that they treated recently.
Shaun says: "As a Pilot for DLRAA I really do never know what's around the corner, where we're going to be flying to next. I have landed in all sorts of places and attended many different accidents and injuries. I've learnt a great deal from seeing the paramedics and doctors in action, and I love knowing that my work is making a difference and potentially saving lives."
DLRAA were called to their milestone mission just after 10:00 Friday morning (13th July) after a car collided with a tractor just north of Peterborough.
Talking about the 4,000th rescue, Shaun says: "The casualty, a female in her 20s, was suffering from a suspected fractured hip and arm so our first step was for our paramedics to immobilise her. Immobilisation prevents the injured limbs from moving during the journey which prevents further damage.
"We then airlifted her to the major trauma centre at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment."