Walking with the Wounded enters their First Team for ‘The Toughest Foot Race on Earth’

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Walking With The Wounded enters its First Team for ‘The Toughest Foot Race on Earth’: The Marathon des Sables.

From the 4 April to the 14 April, five extraordinary runners will be competing in the The Marathon des Sables to raise money for Walking With The Wounded, in an event nicknamed ‘the toughest foot race on Earth’…for good reason…their levels of endurance will be tested to the limit.

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South west RNLI lifesavers look back on a busy 2013

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MS Shannon at Exmouth with launch and recovery vehicle Credit Nathan Williams

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Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Riley MBE has commented;

‘Exmouth RNLI figures again show the dedication of our crews, to not only give up their time to respond to assist those in difficulty at sea or on our shore, but they also give up time to train to learn or maintain the skills needed to operate safely and professionally . The Institution thanks both the families and employers for the support they give in supporting our crew.

‘As we move into 2014, we are excited about getting our new Shannon-Class lifeboat. We will have a 21st Century lifeboat in a 21st century lifeboat station. To that end, we thank all who help us both in fundraising, as well as all who donate. We are still actively fundraising to raise the remainder for the Shannon Launch and Recovery Vehicle appeal, which is designed and built locally at Dunkeswell.’

Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews across the south west* are reflecting on what was a busy 2013 after official statistics released by the charity today (Tuesday 28 January) reveal that last year they launched their lifeboats 1,449 times, rescuing 1,450 people and saving 34 lives. Meanwhile the charity’s lifeguards reported their busiest year since the service was launched in 2001, having attended 13,390 incidents, assisting 14,802 people and saving 56 lives during the summer of 2013.

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Bell Announces Agreement with Wiltshire Air Ambulance to Operate a Bell 429 Air Ambulance in the UK

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS (January 21, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (WAACT) will become the second operator in the UK to add a Bell 429 to their fleet for helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operations. The agreement, signed with Bell’s independent representative Heli-Charter Ltd., further solidifies Bell Helicopter’s growing momentum in the European market. Wiltshire’s Bell 429 will be configured for HAA and outfitted with the most recent Aerolite equipment to meet the highest helicopter air ambulance specifications. It is the second HAA-configured Bell 429 announced in the U.K. after Bell Helicopter reached an agreement with Heli-Charter Ltd. in September 2013.

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GBWR Announces First GB Ambassador

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From left to right: Alan Ash, GBWR Captain, Mike Brown, Harlequins and England and Kylie Grimes, GBWR

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby has welcomed its first Ambassador to the sport that captivated the nation at London 2012. Harlequins and England rugby star Mike Brown will take on a role that continues the rugby links GBWR has made recently – partnering with the RFU and with Harlequins, Saracens, Gloucester, Leicester and Woodbridge rugby clubs – involving him in the GBWR military programme, supported and funded by Help for Heroes.

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Bell Helicopter and Air Medical Group Holdings Reach Agreement for 20 Helicopters

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS (January 14, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed agreement for the sale of 20 Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter air ambulance services (HAA) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this year and continue through 2017.

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Portable telemedicine device for medics

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Title Tempus Pro telemedicine device
Released 09/01/2014 8:58 am
Copyright Remote Diagnostic Technology Ltd
Description

The Tempus Pro has been developed by Remote Diagnostic Technology (RDT) in the UK, with funding from ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems programme.

The unit combines the diagnostic facilities found in standard hospital vital signs monitors with extensive two-way communications, packaged in a compact, robust, highly portable unit that can be tailored to user needs with the use of external devices.

It has GSM (3G), GPS, wi-fi, bluetooth and ethernet connectivity, and can use available VSAT facilities to exchange voice, video, medical data and GPS positioning.
Id 301465

10 January 2014

A robust portable device for monitoring vital signs and providing communications for medics developed with the support of ESA offers a lifeline even in the remotest areas on Earth via satcoms.

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