Published on May 15th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Helimed92 Irish Community Air Ambulance

We spend some time with Irish Community Air Ambulance who are committed to providing safe, effective, and timely emergency medical care to those seriously ill or injured in Ireland.

Saving lives by saving time is their motto and we hear from Michéal Sheridan CEOPilot Donnagh Verling and Advanced Paramedic at National Ambulance Service Paul Traynor, as they explain the operation of this vital service.

Established in 2008, originally developed as a ground service with volunteers to support local communities in times of emergencies. The Irish Community Air Ambulance successfully launched Ireland’s first dedicated and charity funded Air Ambulance on the 30th of July 2019. Based out of North Cork, Irish Community Air Ambulance (callsign Helimed92) is an asset of the National Ambulance Service and responds to the most serious trauma and medical emergencies when tasked. In their first full 12 months of service, nearly 500 missions were tasked. They don’t receive government funding and so we rely heavily on the fundraising efforts of our dedicated supporters.

You can show your support by donating here

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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