Ireland’s Emergency Aeromedical Service commemorated completion of its 1,000th aeromedical operation on June 11. Started in June 2012 to provide the nation with a dedicated emergency aeromedical service, the service is a joint operation of the Irish Air Corps and the National Ambulance Service. Crews from the Air Corps’ 3 Operations Wing fly and maintain an AgustaWestland
AW139 for the service. The helicopter is based at Custume Barracks in Athlone, County Westmeath in central Ireland. Its crew includes a National Ambulance Service advanced paramedic. (The service is in addition to the inter-hospital transfer service that the Air Corps has performed since 1964; that service flies approximately 130 missions per year.) The Air Corps has six AW139s in operation. It took delivery of its first two in November 2006. The medium twin is used mainly in the army support role.