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Air crew celebrates 5,000th callout

By Herald Express  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

HEROES: The Devon Air Ambulance crew, from left, pilot Pete Martin, Paul Down, Glenn Birtwisle, Mark Hawley, Mark Langley, Paul Shaddick, Dave Huyton, Chris Saunders, Julian Bennett and pilot Damien Irving

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THE second Devon Air Ambulance celebrated its 5,000th mission on bank holiday Sunday.

One of the 18 incidents attended on that day was to a pedestrian who was knocked unconscious on the Teignmouth to Bishopsteignton road.

The victim was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The 5,000th mission came just as the trust celebrates 20 years since its first airlift, with almost 18,000 missions by the two helicopters in total to date.

Devon Air Ambulance Trust started in 1992 with one helicopter, operating only when funds were available. in 2005, the service was extended to two helicopters.

On Saturday the ambulance trust is hosting a birthday party at Darts Farm, Topsham, to celebrate this 5,000th mission and 20 years of service.

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