Members of West Kent Branch visited the Kent Air Ambulance (KAA) HQ on 20th March, to present the charity with £400 raised by the branch. Members found the visit fascinating as the crew (comprising paramedic, doctor and helicopter pilot) explained about their work, how they avoid other aircraft and find appropriate landing sites at accident sites and hospitals.
The Kent Air Ambulance is based at Marden, and is no more than 18 minutes flying time from any Kent destination, so with the three minutes it takes from receiving a call to being in the air, they can get a doctor to the accident site, giving life-saving treatment extremely quickly.
The KAA Trust relies on charitable donations to stay in the air, and at a cost of £1,000 an hour to run – that means a lot of fund-raising. FMB West Kent members were proud to have played a part in keeping the ambulance crew in the air. If you’re local to Kent and would like to see the Air Ambulance for yourself, they have an Open Day on Sunday 21st June. Visit www.kentairambulance.co.uk