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On Tuesday 20th March, Wiltshire Air Ambulance carried out its first landing on the helipad at the charity’s new airbase at Semington, near Melksham.
At the official handover of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s new airbase at Semington are (front left) Chris Lear, Chairman of Trustees at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, and Jon Price, Commercial Director of Rigg Construction (Southern) Limited, watched by staff and aircrew from Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Rigg Construction and CMS Architects.
This exciting milestone was followed by the official handover of the airbase to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The building will now be fitted out before the charity’s fundraising, administrative and operational teams move in by this summer.
David Philpott, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “Today has been a significant day in the history of Wiltshire Air Ambulance with the handover of our new airbase. We are now in the final phase of the building work as we undertake the fitting and equipping of it before it becomes operational.
“Our primary contractors, Rigg Construction (Southern) Limited, and our architects and project managers, CMS, have ensured that our new home has the best possible facilities for our helicopter, our pilots, paramedics and our charity team to enable us to continue to save lives in the future.
“We have received amazing support from people for our new airbase, including donations, and we’d like to thank everyone for their backing.”
The fly in and handover of the new airbase took place a few days after Wiltshire Air Ambulance marked its 28th anniversary. During that time its highly trained aircrew have undertaken thousands of missions and saved countless lives.