The generosity of people of Forfar and Kirriemuir in supporting a new air ambulance was outlined to members of Forfar Community Council.
Addressing their meeting on Thursday evening, James Gray-Cheape, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance’s ambassador to Forfar, Kirriemuir and the Angus Glens, said there had been a “phenomenal response” from local shop-keepers who are displaying collecting tins, and that these were “filling up dramatically”.
Mr Gray-Cheape outlined the life-saving benefits the ambulance, which launches today, will bring to Scotland, with Tayside, Angus and Perthshire being served by the new service based at Scone.
He spoke of the valuable time saved by despatching an air ambulance rather than one by road to reach a casualty - and the ability to attend at the scene within the critical ‘golden hour’.
He said: “There are six deaths or serious injuries on Scottish roads every day. Scotland has a rural economy, with agriculture, tourism and renewable energy and many incidents occur over 20 miles away from an Accident and Emergency unit. Over 80 per cent of road traffic accidents are on rural roads. We will try to get somebody to the casualty or the casualty to the hospital within the golden hour, which is the period following a traumatic injury when there is the highest chance that prompt medical treatment will prevent death.” More details next week.