On 10 March, the Manitoba Province of Manitoba government gave the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) approval to resume responding to calls for emergency service with immediate effect, although it will still be barred from conducting inter-facility transfers.
The government of the Czech Republic has undertaken missions to fly injured people from Ukraine as part of the Interior Ministry’s humanitarian effort. In one mission on 27 February, 27 Ukrainians who had been wounded in protests in Kiev were flown to the Czech Republic onboard two Czech Air Force planes. A further 11 patients, most of them suffering gunshot wounds, flew into Prague-Kbely airport on 6 March.
On 7 March, Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter responded to a PLB alert in the upper Pelorus River, near Roebuck Hut. The helicopter was able to locate two trampers, one of whom had suffered a fractured foot in a fall.
The Avincis Group has reported that its subsidiary INAER Portugal carried out 760 HEMS missions in 2013, assisting 669 patients with varying pathologies. The company flew 1,239 hours carrying out these vital missions.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its long-awaited final rule covering helicopter air ambulance, commercial helicopter and Part 91 (general) helicopter operations. The final rule mandates new operational procedures and additional equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance operations, with the aim of addressing an increase in fatal helicopter air ambulance accidents, said the FAA.
InterMountain Helicopter is putting its only aircraft, a Bell 212 HP, through a retrofit involving airframe modification, an avionics upgrade and engine replacement in preparation for this year’s fire season.
US Marine Corps Captain Brian Jordan, a UH-1Y Venom helicopter pilot, was the recipient of the British Distinguished Flying Cross at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, US, on 12 February.
The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance (the Institute), and Queen Mary University of London’s Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry (QMUL) have partnered to create the UK’s first intercalated bachelors of science (BSc) degree in pre-hospital medicine, a field that is now recognised as a sub-specialty by the UK General Medical Council