Six new Bay night landing sites lined up for Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance in action

The air ambulance - Credit: Devon Air Ambulance

Six new night-time landing sites for the Devon Air Ambulance are being lined up in Torbay. 

A new partnership project between the air ambulance and Torbay Council is set to establish the additional ‘community landing sites. 

The surveyed floodlit areas will enable the air ambulance to land in the heart of Torbay’s communities during the ‘hours of darkness’ where their clinical teams can reach patients more quickly and safely than if they had to land in a ‘dark field’. 

The sites will be located on fields at Steps Cross, Cricketfield Road, Quinta, and Torquay Recreation Ground in Torquay and White Rock in Paignton as well as Galmpton Football Club. Three sites are already in operation at Brixham Rugby Club, Paignton Rugby Club and Foxhole Community Centre. 

“We will be able to operate more quickly by air into the communities of Torbay when it is dark, bringing enhanced skills and interventions to benefit local patients during those crucial early stages of the medical emergency,” said Nigel Hare, Operations Director at Devon Air Ambulance. 

Kevin Mowat, the council’s Director of Place, said: “We are happy to have worked with Devon Air Ambulance and our local communities to identify and invest in six new landing sites.” 

Toby Russell, Community Landing Sites Officer at Devon Air Ambulance said: “Our work with community groups in Brixham and Paignton has already helped us reach and treat 20 patients during the ‘hours of darkness’ since November 2016. 

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“We are very grateful to Torbay Council. Our thanks also goes out to the various sports clubs and community groups who have readily offered their sites to be used for our night operations. 

“We have worked with Council staff and site managers to review key aspects such as aviation and operational safety, access on/off sites for medical teams and emergency personnel, parking for land ambulances and the remotely controlled lighting solutions which need to be employed at each site. This work will be gathering pace over the coming months and we look forward to updating local communities as we aim to bring these community landing sites online later this Spring.”