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Chance to get up close to air ambulance at Emergency Services Show
THIS year's Emergency Services Show highlighting all aspects of the emergency services in Wiltshire will give people the chance to have a close-up look at an air ambulance.
Subject to operational requirements, the show will have two of the helicopters on display.
And there will also be commercial helicopter rides on offer in one of AH Helicopter Services' Hughes 500 helicopters, allowing visitors to see the showground from the air. Each flight can carry four people, but availability will be weather dependent.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been flying in the skies above the county for more than 20 years. The service is currently a joint venture with Wiltshire Police, with the air ambulance funded through the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust, a registered charity.
But this arrangement will end in January 2015, when the police will be drawn into the National Police Air Service. At that time, Wiltshire Air Ambulance will have to operate on its own, which will require a further £1.5million to be raised each year.
The helicopter, which entered operational service in June 2008, is currently based at Filton Airport in Bristol. It is crewed by critical care paramedics and trauma doctors, and responds to incidents across the region, including Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas.
The Emergency Services Show is being held at Hullavington Airfield, near Chippenham, between 10am and 4pm on September 8.
To find out more and to buy tickets in advance, visit emergencyservicesshow.com.
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