THE air ambulance has been tasked to 71 emergency missions in Omagh and Fermanagh since it first took to the skies two years ago.
This month marks the second anniversary of the emergency service, and since then, it has brought urgent medical assistance directly to patients all over the North more than 930 times.
From its base near Lisburn, the air ambulance can reach any part of Northern Ireland in approximately 25 minutes.
Its primary role is to deliver advanced care to those whose lives are at serious risk following significant injury or trauma.
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) is the local charity that provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland, together with its partners at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS).
The service operates seven days a week for 12 hours per day.
Speaking about the second anniversary, Kerry Anderson, head of fundraising for AANI said that it is thanks to the generosity of people locally that the HEMS team can offer the best chance of saving a life.
“Each time the helicopter lifts off we are aware that someone is in great need,” she said.
“The air ambulance is there for any one of us, and might one day save your life or that of a loved one.
“If we all do a little bit, we’ll ensure the service is maintained for today, tomorrow and future generations.
“Becoming a Club AANI member provides an opportunity for individuals to be part of the journey, and it was great to have 250 of our members to our base this month. We encourage those who can, to sign up on our website (listed below).”
• To find out more about the charity, how you can help fund a life-saving mission or make a donation, visit Air Ambulance Northern Ireland’s Facebook page, visit www.airambulanceni.org or call 028 9262 2677. For a donation of £2 per week, you can become a member of Club AANI. Your membership will help keep the vital Helicopter Emergency Service in operation, seven days a week. Please sign up at ‘www.airambulanceni.org/ club-aani-membership’.