Independent timber and builders’ merchant group Ridgeons has donated materials for a new rapid response vehicle platform for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service.
The platform at the hangar at Norwich Airport means that the emergency medical team can conveniently transfer vital equipment to the awaiting rapid response vehicle (RRV), saving valuable time.
Prior to the installation of the platform critical care paramedics and doctors were unable to lay equipment on the ground while loading/unloading the RRV due to the risk of contamination.
Dr Jenny Townsend said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the new platform for the RRV as it means we no longer have to worry about transferring mud from our boots into the medical environments therefore complying with infection prevention control (IPC).”
Materials donated for the platform included ten 60x60cm concrete paving slabs, three quarters of a tonne of building sand, six bags of cement and one small bag of gravel. Local builder Simon Youngman, along with two volunteers kindly donated their time to lay the platform.
Norwich Branch Manager Tim Wigby commented: “We were only too pleased to be able to help and we look forward to assisting the EAAA efforts further this year, with a variety of fundraising events at our branch.”
The EAAA has been selected as Ridgeons’ chosen charity for 2014. This is the second year running and through a variety of activities and events across the region employees are hoping to match and hopefully exceed the amount which they achieved last year.