Monday, 11 August 2014

Emergency teams meet Dusty's team

Photo, L-R: NPAS Base Manager Sgt Paul Sochon, Air Ambulance Paramedic and Operational Clinical Manager Richard de Coverly, and Redhill Aerodrome Senior Aerodrome Fire Officer Rob Webster

Disney’s new film Planes 2 was launched at Redhill Aerodrome with a little help from the emergency services who were the inspiration behind the film.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, along with the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and the aerodrome’s Senior Fire Safety Officer spoke to journalists about their own real life roles in Emergency Service.

In Planes 2, Dusty the star of the movie learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter.

While the film portrays the work of a firefighting aircraft devoted to good deeds, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance flies two helicopters with a specialist medical crew. The charity operates the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) 24 hours a day across Kent, Surrey & Sussex and responds to between 5 and 8 missions every day.

The air ambulance has a base at Marden in Kent and re-located its second base from Dunsfold to Redhill Aerodrome in 2012, sharing a hangar with NPAS Redhill, the who fly the same model of helicopter and along with a number of other NPAS bases nationwide, deliver the National Police Air Support service throughout the region and country. They can be followed on Twitter @NPAS_Redhill.

Planes 2 is now showing in cinema’s across the country.

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