£80k a month to keep the Hertfordshire air ambulance in the skies

PUBLISHED: 17:51 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

The Herts air ambulance will need £80,000 a month to operate

The Herts air ambulance will need £80,000 a month to operate

HELICOPTER bosses have outlined how money raised will be allocated when a new air ambulance service takes to the skies. The newly acquired Herts air ambulance will cost at least another £80,000 a month to run, with more than half of that going towards lea

HELICOPTER bosses have outlined how money raised will be allocated when a new air ambulance service takes to the skies.

The newly acquired Herts air ambulance will cost at least another £80,000 a month to run, with more than half of that going towards leasing the helicopter.

Although the appeal reached its £250,000 target last month, extra money such as £13,000 for maintenance and housing the 'copter per month is still required.

Last month the WHT revealed how the service, which was afforded by over a year of fundraising, will temporarily be based just outside of the county in North Weald, Essex.

The helicopter is expected to be fully functioning in September.

Other monthly costs will include £10,000 being spent on doctors and overseeing the service while insurance, equipment and clothing will account for £5,000 a month.

Around £4,000 will be expended on fuel with the cost of paramedics totalling £3,000.

Initially, the helicopter will only be in operation for five days a week and bosses have said that they are soon looking to secure a permanent site in the county.

Rob Forsyth, trustee of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said: "From a practical and legislative perspective, this means that we need to operate the helicopter from an existing airfield for this period.

"North Weald represents the most sensible choice of location for the short-term operation of the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance.

"In the long term, the intention will be to deploy a seven-day-a-week air ambulance helicopter from a base in the county, provided that the funds and operational demand continue.

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