Air ambulance landing sites identified
The Explorer 902, one of the Great North Air Ambulance fleet
Helicopter landing sites for air ambulances have been identified at Teesside’s main manufacturing sites, one of which is at The Wilton Centre.
The locations – at Wilton, Billingham, North Tees, Seal Sands, Yarm and Greatham – mean that time can be saved getting seriously injured people to hospitals throughout the region and beyond. Some of the sites have two or more landing areas.
Barry Scollay, Sembcorp UK Emergency Planning Officer, who has been working on the project for 18 months alongside Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) Teesside Chief Pilot Chris Attrill, said: "Thankfully, events requiring helicopter lifts from the main industrial sites on Teesside are extremely rare.
"However, knowing that we have these locations considerably enhances site safety and the ability of companies and the emergency services to respond effectively to injury accidents at the main manufacturing locations."
Sembcorp instigated the project specifically for the Wilton International site, but after talking to, GNAAS, the North East Ambulance Service, the Police and industry chiefs at other sites, other locations were identified, which included the Wilton Centre lower car park.
Matthew Ward, operations director of GNAAS, said: "Minutes can be vital in saving lives and these sites help us to dramatically cut the amount of time it would take to get a seriously injured person to one of the region's specialist hospitals."