Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Jim Lee


Final decision on Emergency Aeromedical Support (EAS) service imminent

On 26th November, in reply to a Dáil question from Deputy Denis Naughten the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney confirmed that the Working Group, set up by the Minister for Health to consider how best to provide a permanent EAS service, has completed its work and its Report has been sent to the Minister for Health for his consideration. He also gave the latest figures for completed missions from the commencement of the pilot EAS service on 4th June 2012. Until 31st October 2014 the Air Corps had completed a total of 816 EAS missions. He added “these taskings included cases of severe heart attack (called segment elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI), trauma and other time-critical cases, as tasked by the HSE’s National Aero-Medical Coordination Centre. To date, STEMI and suspected STEMI related missions have accounted for almost one-third of completed EAS missions”.

Turning to Air Ambulance missions, since CASA CN235 call sign ‘Irish 253’ completed the milestone 100th mission of 2014 on 15th November, the Learjet from 102 Sqn has flown the 102nd while the 103rd patient was transferred on the 23rd November in an AW 139 from 301 Sqn.

About the Author

Jim has had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European air forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry was when he initially wrote for and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. Jim was a contributor to Flying in Ireland since its inception over 10 years ago and is now a key contributor to this site. He has also contributed items for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced a number of detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He is also deeply involved in the local community and voluntary sector and has worked both in local government and central government.

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