DOHA: Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) new LifeFlight helicopters started their lifesaving rescue operations yesterday.
As part of partnership with the Qatar Emiri Air Force, three new Augusta Westland 139 helicopters were commissioned for operation yesterday and were involved in transporting patients in emergency situations.
The helicopters will be flown by highly trained pilots from the Emiri Air Force.
“LifeFlight is used for fast transit from emergency scenes to our hospitals,” said Brendon Morris, Chief Operations Officer at the Ambulance Service.
“Each of the new helicopters can carry two patients at once and LifeFlight will be in operation 24-hour.
“All of our helicopters are equipped with latest advanced life-support medical equipment and carry two medical crew and two pilots. The efficiency of the Ambulance Service is an important element in providing critical care to patients, especially those who are not in the vicinity of the city.”
The expansion of the Ambulance Service’s capacity comes after 100 additional ambulances were added to the fleet over the last 12 months.
“The enhanced services will be especially in need as the country heads into the busy camping season, which often necessitates responding to emergencies in remote locations,” said Morris.
For the Ambulance Service to provide the best possible service it needs continued public help and support and people are advised to follow five steps: Dial 999 immediately, know your location, answer all questions, follow all instructions and give way to ambulances.