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Visit to Great Western Air Ambulance

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Most would have said that the man trapped in the smashed car was injured beyond help but not Great Western Air Ambulance’s Peter Reeve. Peter described the casualty as ‘the most broken man I’d ever seen’ and the rain and dark far from ideal conditions for advanced trauma procedures. Ian Davies, the head of Gloucestershire Freemasonry with some of his team and their partners were then introduced to the man who Peter described as having on that rainy night ‘tried very hard to die.’ It was in fact Simon Clark, a Gloucestershire Freemason well known to everyone. ‘If it weren’t for Peter I wouldn’t be here now’, he told us.

That is not unusual for GWAAS: they calculate that rapid intervention, ‘taking the hospital to the patient’ raises the chances of survival from one in ten to seven in ten. In other words there are over 350 people per year who would not be alive if it were not for GWAAS having been on the scene. In 2023 GWAAS had almost two thousand callouts across Gloucestershire, Bristol and parts of Somerset and Wiltshire. Peter explained that they gain more experience of death and severe trauma due to the nature of their callouts, and as they only have one chance they plan on the way and debrief afterwards to hone their skills.

Ian Davies and the party were shown the helicopter and also the three rapid response vehicles which fulfil three quarters of the callouts, tackling situations where landing sites may not be available.

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Visit to Great Western Air Ambulance