A NEW night-time car service is being rolled out by Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
The air ambulance currently only flies during daylight hours, when the majority of emergency incidents occur. However, the charity is set to pilot a night car service with the vehicles it currently uses to supplement the air service.
Helicopters are currently prevented from providing the type of service they can during the day but changes in legislation are likely to change this in the future.
A statement from the charity said: “Flying at night could prove very costly, but providing a strategically well-located car can deliver an instant impact.
“If this pilot scheme proves to be a valuable service then we’ll look to extend it. The scheme will also help provide a valuable insight as to when, and if, a night time helicopter service is warranted.”
Warwickshire’s is one of the few air ambulances to carry doctors skilled in pre-hospital care on board who, alongside highly trained paramedics, can provide a higher level of medical intervention to help sustain life.
The charity’s Agusta helicopters have a top speed of 200mph and are the fastest civilian helicopter available.
Average response time is just six minutes.