New Date for National Air Ambulance Week 2016 Monday 19th – Sunday 25th September

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The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) is delighted to announce that the new date of National Air Ambulance Week 2016 is Monday 19th to Sunday 25th September. NAAW is an initiative created by the AAA and celebrates the work of local air ambulances, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote the work they do at a local level. This annual event is a regular feature on event calendars across the UK, with many air ambulance charities organising their own fundraising and awareness campaigns during this time. The move, from the last week of September is strategic and forms part of a broader plan which culminates moving the date forward a further week in 2017 to its new permanent home. Clive Dickin, National Director of the Association said: “NAAW is the annual event when all 20 charities across the UK celebrate and encourage support for air ambulances which are mainly funded by donations. With many investing funds to expand their operations to provide night HEMS missions, upgrading their aircraft or placing investment into the advanced education and training of their paramedics and doctors, there is no better way to show them your support. “The change is a strategic decision allowing for a number of factors to be accommodated in our member’s plans; be it better weather, longer days and a less cluttered program of other national events. “The move also coincides with a review and the identification of further improvements which will be announced later in 2016 and 2017. This is being driven by the Communications Subcommittee of the AAA before being approved by the Board.”

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Vital service performed by independent lifeboats


Putting that into perspective, the RNLI, which depends on donations from the public and does not receive public funds, spends approximately £2 million on each Shannon Class All Weather Libeboat and its launching system

Projects across the UK awarded funding for rescue equipment and training.

Almost £1 million has been awarded by Maritime Minister Robert Goodwill today to 51 UK charities to support water rescue services in local communities.

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Cypress Missing Snowshoer and Dog

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Date: Feb 13/14, 2016
Location: Mount Strachan / Top of Sky Chair (Cypress Resorts)
Activation: NSR was activated by West Vancouver Police at 20:00 on Saturday Evening
Number of Members Involved: 20
Short Description: A snowshoer and his dog went for a hike out the Howe Sound Crest Trail, with an ascent to Mount Strachan when the dog bolted and both became lost in an effort to get the dog. Both made it out in good condition due to a little bit of luck, and good preparation.

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Finmeccanica grows helicopters footprint in South East Asia

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• Two helicopters AgustaWestland AW189 ordered by TPG Aeronautik of Malaysia
• Will be operated by the Fire & Rescue Department, confirming Finmeccanica’s helicopters top in class for parapublic roles
• Finmeccanica Helicopter Division continues to expand its market share in South East Asia with more deliveries

Singapore, 17 February 2016 – Finmeccanica, Italy’s leading high-technology group, has announced today at the Singapore Airshow 2016 an order by TPG Aeronautik Sdn Bhd of Malaysia for two AW189 super medium helicopters, consolidating the success of the type in South East Asia. The helicopters, whose delivery is planned in 2017, will be operated by the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) for firefighting, search and rescue and disaster relief missions.

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Irish Coast Guard and CHC Perform More than 1,000 SAR Missions in 2015 with Sikorsky S-92® Helicopter Fleet


SINGAPORE, Feb. 16, 2016 – The Irish Coast Guard in partnership with CHC Helicopter completed more than 1,000 search and rescue (SAR) missions in 2015 with a fleet of five Sikorsky S-92® helicopters. The milestone, an increase of 12 percent on the previous year, tops the 2014 record of 914 missions, and is the first time since 1991 that the Irish Coast Guard achieved 1,000 missions in a single year. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT).

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RCAF participates in international search and rescue training in Iceland

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Nine members from 103 Search and Rescue Squadron enhance skills with Icelandic authorities

February 12, 2016

WINNIPEG — Members of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron from 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland, are returning home after training with the Icelandic Coast Guard and local Search and Rescue teams from February 9-12, 2016.

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• Delivery of the first of six AW169 helicopters ordered by leading EMS-service operator Specialist Aviation Services
• Over 150 AW169 helicopters ordered by almost 60 customers in over 20 countries around the world, including framework contracts and options
• The AW169 is the only new generation helicopter in its weight class in more than 30 years

Rome, 10th February 2016 – Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division, handed over to Specialist Aviation Services its first AgustaWestland AW169 new generation intermediate class helicopter. The helicopter is also the first to be delivered to a UK customer and will enter service with Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance following installation of an advanced medical interior by Specialist Aviation Services.

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