Air ambulance settles in at new base

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has flown its first mission from its new base which opened at Nostell Priory, near Wakefield earlier this year.

The charity relocated one of its two helicopters from Leeds Bradford Airport to the new facility in a bid to improve response times across West Yorkshire.

Its first mission from the new base was to cyclist hurt in a collision with a vehicle in Holmfirth near Huddersfield last Tuesday.

The helicopter flew to the scene of the incident in only nine minutes. It would have taken about 15 minutes to fly to Holmfirth from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Peter Sunderland, YAA chairman, said: “This relocation is a major step forward for the charity.

“It will enhance our service across the region, improving flying times to all areas and creating an operational overlap in our busiest areas.”

The new base will be operational 365 days per year and features a larger hangar than at the Leeds base, on-site accommodation, a helipad and improved office facilities.

YAA must raise £9,990 every day to keep its two helicopters operational.