Plymtree’s Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) night landing site
The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that there is a new addition to the playing field in the shape of a new lighting column with two LED lights on top. These are the recently installed lights for the Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) community landing site in Plymtree.
Back in 2017 at the annual village meeting we were given a talk by Toby Russell of the DAA on the benefits of a community landing site (aka night landing site), which basically allows for the extension of the Air Ambulance service until midnight, which is especially useful during the darker winter months. Everyone at the meeting agreed that the provision of a night landing site in Plymtree was a good idea and would also be of benefit to local adjacent communities.
The Parish Council took up the project and allocated some funding. Mr and Mrs Persey kindly agreed to our request to install the site, so we contacted the local parishes of Broadhembury, Talaton and Payhembury who agreed to join in with a Parishes Together Funding application and with a grant from Cllr Iain Chubb at Devon County Council and a generous donation from the Plymtree Country Fayre committee we had the necessary funds.
Cllr Andy Cook took on the project management and despite a short hiatus due to the lack of steel to make the lighting column, the site was installed.
I am delighted to report that the site has now been fully completed, commissioned and is now operational. We are hoping to have an exciting ‘opening’ with the Air Ambulance using the site for a practice run – this is likely to be Friday 28th September at around 8pm, of course it will depend upon the weather, the aircraft being serviceable and operational requirements.Toby Russell from DAA said, “It’s great to see the Plymtree community landing site now operational and it means we can land in the heart of the village to deliver emergency pre-hospital critical care to patients. Although operating until midnight at the moment, the service will be extending to 2am in the future. We are extremely grateful for huge support the project has received from the community and would like to thank the landowners, Plymtree Parish Council and all the supporters and funders who have enabled the night landing site to become a reality”.
See a video of the Devon Air Ambulance landing at Plymtree at night for the first time