Eurocopter will demonstrate its capabilities at RIAT
During Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), Eurocopter will demonstrate the use of helicopters by the UK emergency services.
The mid-day demonstrations will simulate a major automobile accident, with an EC145 deploying a specialist crew of the London Fire Brigade and their heavy tooling to remove the car’s roof. Monitoring of the accident scene and downlinking of real-time information to a command base station is to be provided by a Police EC135, while the Devon Air Ambulance will perform casualty evacuation from the scene.
These demonstrations are part of the Air Tattoo’s Sky Guardian theme for 2013.
“When time is of the essence, the speed and effectiveness of UK airborne emergency services in responding to an incident can often be the difference between life and death,” explained Markus Steinke, managing director of Eurocopter UK. “A fleet of 50 Eurocopter helicopter from the EC135/EC145 family operate daily across the country, serving as the nation’s backbone for highly demanding missions in search, surveillance, crime detection and casualty evacuation.”
The helicopters will also be part of the static display.
“The daily demonstrations at RIAT will be a rare opportunity for the public to witness the airborne emergency services’ skill and bravery, often working in situations none of us would want to find ourselves in,” said Air Tattoo chief executive Tim Prince. “We are grateful to Eurocopter, whose EC135 helicopter is the aircraft of choice for the UK emergency services, for offering us the opportunity to salute the role of these unsung heroes.”
Photograph: Eurocopter EC145 with firefighters from the London Fire Brigade’s Specialist Extrication Team – © Copyright ECUK – Geoff Bakewell