We are a registered charity, established to provide relief from sickness and injury for the people of Dorset and Somerset, by the provision of an air ambulance. We receive no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and rely entirely on the generosity of the public for support.
Since our launch in March 2000 we have flown nearly 12,000 missions. We are tasked by the Ambulance Service through the normal '999' emergency process and can attend up to eight or nine incidents in a single day during the summer months.
We operate a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter from our airbase at Henstridge on the Dorset / Somerset border. From there, we can be at any point in the two counties in less than 20 minutes of receiving an emergency call. More importantly, the helicopter can then take a patient to any one of the Major Trauma Centres in the south west within a further 20 minutes.
Our operational costs are over £2 million a year. The cost per mission is approximately £2,500.
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Structure, Governance and Management
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is controlled by a Board of Trustees embracing a balanced spectrum of skills and experience including Healthcare, Aviation, Legal, Business, Finance, Military Services, Charities and Local Affairs.
Trustees are appointed in accordance with the DSAA constitution and fulfill their respon
sibilities within clearly defined and approved Terms of Reference. Representatives from Bond Air Services Limited and SWAST also attend Board meetings as required, to provide additional operational advice. Our Trustee biographical details can be viewed here.
Code of Conduct
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is a member of the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), Members are governed by a code of conduct requiring air ambulances to meet the standards set by UK regulators for medical care, aviation practices and fundraising activity.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is proud to be registered with the Fundraising Regulator, an independent body who set and maintain the standards for charitable fundraising. We promise to be honest, fair and open about our fundraising with you, our supporters. Find out more on the Fundraising Regulator website.
Our Annual Reports and accounts can be viewed on the Charity Commission website. Please click here.