About Essex & Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Service - History and info

About Essex & Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Service - History and info Ambulance base in Watford

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is a Charity Air Ambulance service providing a free, life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.


In Phillip Hammond Budget Statement last Autumn, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced that the Government would be making £10 million available to support the funding for the 18 air ambulance charities in England.


Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) applied for £1.5 million, and following an announcement on Friday 28th June will receive the full amount.


Jane Gurney, Chief Executive Officer of EHAAT said: “We are delighted to receive this contribution from Government. It will mean that some of the funds initially put aside for our new premises at North Weald can now be used to help develop and improve the life-saving service we provide for patients. We value the support of the communities we serve and are thankful for their continued support.”


The AgustaWestland AW169, is funded by the people of Essex & Hertfordshire.

The helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) are based at Earls Colne Airfield and North Weald Airfield.


DISPATCHED SIX TIMES PER DAY AT AN AVERAGE COST PER MISSION IS £2,200. 24,000 missions attended since 1998.


Each HEMS Team consists of a Pilot, Co-Pilot, a Pre-hospital Care Doctor and a Critical Care Paramedic


An average of 1,000 PATIENTS are treated each year.


It costs in excess of £375,000 every month to keep the helicopter flying for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.




They can reach the furthest parts of Essex or Hertfordshire in under 20 MINUTES.


The Air Ambulance service rely on the support of nearly 300 fundraising volunteers.


It is not funded by the NHS – only by charitable donations.


Rapid Response Teams

At sunset, the helicopters cease to operate, when rapid response vehicles (RRVs) come into operation until 9pm.



EHAAT works in partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust who monitor incoming 999 calls


Watford Police Station, Shady Lane News 2017G-EHEM taking off in Watford 2018.


Further News and Links:


Air Ambulance Helicopter Lands at M25 Serious Collision accident

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