Time is critical.
Our fleet of helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles can transport our doctors and paramedics to patients 24/7, 365 days a year. We bring the emergency room to the scene and deliver life-saving critical care.
At the scene, they provide us with the means to deliver an advanced level of treatment and the ability to transfer patients to a hospital where they can be given the best available care for their condition.
Our fleet consists of three helicopters (two AW169s and one MD902) and four response cars. The MD902 is used if either of the AW169s are undergoing maintenance or servicing.
In 2017, we proudly became one of the first Air Ambulance services to operate the AW169 helicopter.
The higher speed and enhanced fuel performance offered by the AW169 increases the distances we are able to cover and reduces the time it takes to get patients to hospital.
Despite having similar external dimensions to the MD902 Explorer, the AW169 also has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to our patients and allowing for more life-saving interventions to be carried out in the air.
In harsh conditions, it also offers the potential for interventions to be carried out in the more hospitable surroundings of the aircraft interior.
Capable of travelling at average speeds of up to 150mph, the twin-engine MD902 Explorer remains one of the most advanced aircraft available for the demands of Air Ambulance work and providing a rapid response to serious medical traumas.
This model of helicopter was one of the first to incorporate the unique NOTAR system, meaning it does not have a tail rotor and therefore benefits from lower noise levels and better controllability.
Rapid Response Vehicles
When circumstances prevent us from taking flight, our Rapid Response Vehicles mean we can still provide specialist life-saving care by road.
We have four specially-equipped cars; one Volvo XC70 and three Volvo XC90s, which are diesel hybrids. Over the next few years we will replace the remaining XC70 with an XC90.
Based at both our Rochester and Redhill air bases, our vehicles are driven by trained paramedics and are fitted with blue lights and warning sirens to aid progress through traffic. Together, they have travelled over 400,000 miles in response to emergencies.
We were first able to provide support via the road thanks to a kind donation of two vehicles from Sussex Police. These were eventually replaced in 2012, and two further vehicles were added in 2015 to provide the flexibility for maintenance and driver training without the requirement for a break in service.
At present, we carry 150kg of equipment and the additional carrying capacity of these new vehicles will enable us to plan for future development in this area.
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