Published on August 21st, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Busiest Month for the ICAA
July was the busiest month for the Irish Community Air Ambulance with 57 taskings during the month. Since the service started operating in July 2019, the service has continually got busier and the arrival of the new faster A.109 helicopter has helped to increase reaction times on callouts. 24th July was the day of the month. County Cork requiring 19 taskings during the month and this was followed by Kerry with 11 and nine for Tipperary. Road Traffic Collisions continue to be the highest individual tasking with twelve callouts during the month.
Hospital transfers now also take up a sizable of the missions, with 15 involving Cork University Hospital and five for University of Limerick hospital. Hospital transfers also took place to Kerry and Galway. The furthest taskings from the north Cork base during July were to Co. Wexford and Co Mayo.
The cost of running the Air Ambulance service is around €1.55 million per year, with an average cost of €3,500 per mission. The Irish Community Air Ambulance is hosting a number of fundraising events during September as part of Air Ambulance Week to raise funds for this much needed service. More details can be found here.
Photo by Pat Lanigan Ryan