Midlands Air Ambulance

Saving Lives by Saving Time


Key Facts & Stats 2017
  • Midlands Air Ambulance Charity serves the largest air ambulance region in the UK. This includes the communities of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire; representing a population in excess of 6 million.

  • Since flying its first mission in 1991, the charity has now responded to over 47,000 incidents, averaging 2,000 missions each year. This makes Midlands Air Ambulance Charity one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance operators in the UK.

  • As part of its commitment to patient care Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has extended its flying times from 7am until 9pm throughout the year.

  • Every year Midlands Air Ambulance Charity aircrew attend approximately 650 road traffic accidents (a third of all missions) on some of the most congested motorway networks in the country.

  • 12 per cent of the accidents attended by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity relate to sporting injures.

  • The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.

  • On average Midlands Air Ambulance Charity responds to a child every four days.

  • Industrial and agricultural incidents total one per cent of the service’s annual call-outs.

  • The Golden Hour - if a patient reaches hospital within 60 minutes of injury, their chances of survival are dramatically increased. All areas of the region are accessible in 19 minutes and 90% of the region is accessible within eight minutes.

  • Collectively MAAC helicopters fly enough nautical miles each year to circle the earth five times.

  • Annually the helicopters use 15 tankers of fuel.

  • Each year it costs in excess of £7 million to maintain the three aircraft and the provision of a life saving service. Each air ambulance mission costs an average of £2,500. The charity receives no funding from the Government or National Lottery so relies entirely on the support and generosity of local people and businesses.

Please note, these are some of the costs:
  • Flight suit = £350

  • Ventilator = £4,000

  • Life pack = £15,000 (to include heart monitor, defibrillator, oxygen etc.)

  • Helmet = £1,500

  • RTC helmet = £100

  • Safety boots = £100

  • High vis jacket = £250

  • Response bag = £600 for a pair


  • The three air ambulance helicopters are based at Cosford in Shropshire, Tatenhill Airbase, near Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire, and M5 Strensham Services, Worcestershire.

  • The charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising a pilot and two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. The service operates with 100 per cent doctor coverage out of the Cosford airbase.

  • Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has approximately 9,000 collection tins in circulation, and in 2016 the collection tins raised £400,000, which will cover the cost of fuel across the three aircraft for the whole of 2017.


​Contact: Mary Seldon: Regional Fundraising Manager for Herefordshire and Gloucestershire
Tel: 077234 23354
Email: Mary.seldon@midlandsairambulance.com