The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is a registered charity established in January 2000.
Our team of highly trained paramedics and pilots use their knowledge and skill to save lives every day, however we cannot do this without your help!
The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance receives no direct Government or National Lottery funding. We rely on the generosity of the public to help us raise the £1.5 million a year it costs to keep flying.
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On average, we attend 3-4 incidents a day, however this number significantly increases during the summer months. We can be anywhere within the two counties in under 19 minutes of an emergency call.
Any one, at any time, could require the services of the Air Ambulance: no one is immune!
We are a local Service – provided for local people – supported by local people
The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is a REGISTERED CHARITY (No: 1078685) and a Company limited by Guarantee. The Charity was established in January 2000.
The operational costs of our helicopter are £1.5m a year, that’s approximately £4,000 per day. We receive no funding from the Government or the National Lottery and rely almost entirely on the generosity of the public to ensure we keep flying.
Since our launch we have attended literally thousands of life saving missions. On average we are deployed 3-4 times per day, however during the summer months this can increase up to 8 and we can be anywhere within the two counties in under 19 minutes of receiving an emergency call, making our service the ideal choice in life-threatening or time-critical situations.
Our Helicopter (EC 135) is based at Henstridge Airfield, just off the A30 between Sherborne and Shaftesbury and it flies comfortably at 150mph.
A key element of the Air Ambulance is that it can take patients direct to an appropriate specialist hospital that will meet the patients’ clinical needs.
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