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'Helicopter Heroes' Flies Back on to Screens for a Fifth Series

Paramedics from Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be back on our screens in september as ‘Helicopter Heroes’ returns for a fifth series.

The popular BBC programme, featuring the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, is set to make a welcome return to BBC 1 on Monday 19 September 2011.

The fly-on-the-wall documentary, which airs on weekdays at 9:15am, follows 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 programme's presenter Rav Wilding visited Yorkshire Ambulance Service's Emergency Operations Centres in Wakefield as part of filming for the programme

The programmes will illustrate the skills and dedication of the air ambulance paramedics who are on secondment from 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 again presented by Crimewatch front man, Rav Wilding.

The programmes include dramatic footage from across the region, including a farm worker who, after spending weeks unable to walk, defied the odds by walking across the Humber Bridge to raise money for the charity who saved him, a stag party that ends in disaster with the wedding only a week away, and a stunt pilot and his girlfriend who crash land into a river after experiencing engine troubles.

There’s also the fisherman who has a bad reaction to a wasp sting, a recreational paraglider who is unexpectedly thrown against a dry stone wall, and the story of an 18 year old male who was paralysed from the chest down after a fork lift truck collapsed on him whilst he was at work.

Dr Alison Walker, Medical Director for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 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: The BBC Helicopter Heroes team work and fly with the YAA pilots and paramedics all year round - viewers will see their life-saving work as it happened.   We're very grateful to the YAA team and to the patients who agreed to share many inspiring stories with us.  In many cases they're the real heroes of the programme."

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