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11th June 2015 - Ministers for Defence & Health Mark the 1000th Air Corps Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) Mission.

The Minister for Defence Mr Simon Coveney T.D. and the Minister for Health Mr Leo Varadkar T.D., will visit Casement Aerodrome Baldonnel, on Thursday 11 July at 12.30pm to meet the crew of the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) and to congratulate them on completing their 1000th mission since commencing the service in June 2012.

The EAS is operated jointly by the Irish Air Corps and the National Ambulance Service and was initiated to determine the need for a dedicated emergency aeromedical service in Ireland. The service is in addition to the Air Corps’ inter hospital transfer service which was introduced in 1964 and carries out approximately 130 missions each year.

The Air Corps provide the crews from 3 Operations Wing to fly and maintain an Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter, which is based at Custume Barracks in Athlone, and the National Ambulance Service provides the Advanced Paramedic on board. EAS is tasked by the National Aeromedical Coordination Centre (NACC) located in the National Emegency Operation Centre in Tallaght.

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Press Release Date: 11th June 2015

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