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‘Helicopter Heroes’ Returns

06 September 2010

The fourth series of the popular BBC documentary ‘Helicopter Heroes’, featuring the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, is set to make a welcome return to television screens on Monday 6 September 2010.

The fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the work of the two Yorkshire Air Ambulances as they are deployed to help seriously ill and injured patients throughout the region and provide rapid transportation to specialist treatment centres. 

The programmes, which air at 9:15am on BBC 1, will run on weekdays for four consecutive weeks throughout September and illustrate the skills and dedication of the air ambulance paramedics, who are provided by Yorkshire Ambulance Service, doctors and pilots who operate the vital service which saves lives every day.

The new series features some exciting real-life rescue missions with air ambulance crews working alongside their ambulance service colleagues on the ground, mountain rescue, the police, fire and rescue services and coastguard to help rescue and treat patients. 

The series is presented by Crimewatch front man, Rav Wilding.

The programmes include dramatic footage from across the region, such as a rapid race to save a seriously injured motorcyclist, and the fight to try and save one man’s severed leg. In one episode the air ambulance paramedics are faced with one of the biggest challenges of their career when a close colleague turns patient and there is a race against time to save his life.

Paul Gowland, Director of Fundraising at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: ”We are delighted that the BBC has commissioned a fourth series of ‘Helicopter Heroes’.  It has been a phenomenal success and we now get fan mail from as far away as Australia.  The series has certainly helped to raise awareness of the charity, but also other air ambulances in the UK too.”

Dr Alison Walker, Medical Director for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “The programme gives viewers a real insight into the vital work of the air ambulance as an integral part of the emergency ambulance service in Yorkshire. Patient care is our utmost priority and there are some really good examples in this series of the excellent clinical care provided by ambulance paramedics.”

Ian Cundall, the BBC Editor of ‘Helicopter Heroes’, said: "We're very grateful to the paramedics, doctors, pilots and patients of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance who have allowed us to give BBC viewers a real insight into their life-saving work.  We believe some of the stories we have captured on film are truly inspiring.

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