Tetra | 2010-07-22

Simoco Donates Radio, GPS Mic for Medical Helicopter

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor

Team Simoco donated an SRP9100 radio with GPS microphone to the North West Air Ambulance in the United Kingdom for..

Team Simoco donated an SRP9100 radio with GPS microphone to the North West Air Ambulance in the United Kingdom for use in the charity’s medical helicopter.

Operating from Blackpool Airport and City Airport, Manchester, North West Air Ambulance provides life-saving services to those across the region, with Team Simoco’s donation offering a high quality and reliable GPS communications line between the medical team onboard the air ambulance and mountain rescue on the ground. With the GPS system in the helicopter, the mountain rescue can monitor its location from on the ground, allowing officials to coordinate this information with other emergency services, while providing more accurate estimated arrival times to mountain rescue at the scene of an accident.

North West Air Ambulance has two specially equipped medical helicopters and the charity relies mainly on public donations to reach annual maintenance costs of £4 million (US$6.1 million). The helicopters have a maximum flying time of 10 minutes to the nearest appropriate hospital from any location in the region, which has been the vital difference for thousands of people across the north west since the charity was founded in 1999.

Source: www.radioresourcemag.com