This is a really exciting time for Wiltshire Air Ambulance as we are building our custom-built new airbase. The airbase will bring together our helicopter, aircrew and charity team onto one site on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham.
This is a perfect location in the centre of Wiltshire and will allow our helicopter to reach all parts of the county within 11 minutes, as it currently does now. We received full planning permission for the new airbase in January 2017 and work commenced in April 2017.
You can find out more about our new airbase and the Capital Appeal we have launched to raise the remaining £1.25 million needed by going to www.wiltshireairbaseappeal.co.uk
The benefit of owning its own land would mean the charity has full control of its future and not subject to the uncertainty that renting can bring.
As Melksham does not have an ambulance station, the charity believes that WAA would provide enhanced medical cover for the area. WAA’s Critical Care Paramedics have advanced medical skills and as well as responding in the helicopter, they use a Rapid Response Vehicle (car) to attend medical emergencies including road traffic collisions, heart attacks and strokes.