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McCandless welcomes the announcement that a site has been made available for the new air ambulance service

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William McCandless

Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning Councillor McCandless said “I realise that the service may not be operational until Mar. 2017 but the charity behind the service Air Ambulance N.I. feels it will be cost effective operating from this base.

Northern Ireland with a population of approximately 1.8M people inhabiting an area of just over 5400 square miles had not been serviced by an air ambulance service. Our Province with its vast rural area has been crying out for this service for years.

Up to now there had been 32 air ambulances throughout the British Isles. The campaign for a service in Northern Ireland has been very close to our hearts in the North Coast area particularly after the accident at the N.W.200 in 2015 where a rider and spectator who had been seriously injured in a near fatal accident had been airlifted by the Irish coastguard to the R.V.H.

The high quality medical care delivered at the scene of an accident by air ambulance personnel prior to hospital care has been proven beneficial in saving lives. The obvious benefits of a helicopter with its ability to land on difficult inaccessible terrain enables the medical team to gain immediate access to begin treatment and save valuable time.”

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