Leading Shropshire business supports Lifesavers

Oswestry-based Aico Ltd, pioneers of fire protection products, is bolstering its lifesaving business mission by supporting Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Neal Hooper, Aico Ltd’s Managing Director, has recently joined the Board of Trustees at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. However, the firm’s support of the pre-hospital emergency service has not stopped there with a wide range of employee engagement initiatives being undertaken by Aico’s staff members.

Firstly, all employees of Aico, and sister company, Homelink, have been gifted membership to the charity’s well-established Lifesaving Lottery scheme, giving them a weekly chance to win £1,000. This also means the total sum raised in weekly lottery membership will fund two air ambulance missions per year for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Neal Hooper is also taking part in the MAAC Moguls campaign, a Dragons’ Den-style challenge, which will engage young people across the Midlands with the lifesaving work of the pre-hospital emergency service, by testing their fundraising and entrepreneurial skills.

Matthew Small, Finance Director for Aico, also took part in the charity’s recent Jail or Bail event, which saw him receive punishments and spend the night in a cell at Shrewsbury Prison for petty office crimes. With the support of the whole Aico team, he raised in excess of £2,600, funding one of the charity’s air ambulance missions.

Neal Hooper said: “We are all committed to giving back to the community and we actively seek to support good causes wherever possible. As well as having the privilege of recently becoming a trustee for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, supporting the service with its strategic goals, I am also passionate about supporting its daily critically-important missions.”

Pam Hodgetts, corporate partnerships manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, added: “Aico truly is in the business of saving lives. We are excited to have the team on-board as corporate partners and look forward to supporting the whole team through our mutually beneficial partnership.

“It is thanks to the generosity of local people and companies like Neal and Aico that we are able to make our daily missions possible.”

To learn more about Aico Ltd, visit: aico.co.uk

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

AIR30: Throughout 2021, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is celebrating its 30th anniversary of saving lives across the Midlands. The official date of the charity’s 30th ‘birthday’ fell on May 21. AIR30 is the campaign name used for any activity relating to celebrating the 30th year.

Covid-19: During the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the charity has been working with the regional NHS community, including West Midlands Ambulance Service, providing clinical resource and specialist medical equipment to support frontline services.

Who are they? Midlands Air Ambulance 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 six million.

What do they do? The charity responds to an average of 4,500 missions each year. They are a helicopter-led service with more than 2,000 deployments being air missions. They also have a fleet of rapid response vehicles and two critical care cars. Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance operators in the UK.

Life-saving service: The three air ambulance helicopters are based at Cosford airbase, near Shifnal in Shropshire (covering Shropshire and the West Midlands), Tatenhill airbase, near Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire (covering Staffordshire and the West Midlands), and Strensham Services on the M5 in Worcestershire (covering Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire). The charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising a pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. The two critical care cars are based in Oldbury in West Midlands (serving the Birmingham and Black Country areas) and the charity’s Worcestershire airbase at Strensham. The charity’s cars each have one critical care paramedic on-board with full life-support medical equipment.

The Golden Hour: We all know that if a patient receives definitive care within 60 minutes of injury, their chances of survival are dramatically increased. All areas of the region are accessible in 19 minutes and 90 per cent of the region is accessible within 15 minutes.

The cost: Each year it costs in excess of £10 million just to keep the three charity helicopters and two critical care cars operational. Each air ambulance mission costs £2,500 on average and each critical care car mission costs £224, which is entirely funded by the generosity of the general public and local businesses.

To find out more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, visit: midlandsairambulance.com and follow the organisation on social media.



Australian Capital Territory Fire and Rescue selects new firefighting PPE

MSA Bristol report on Pac Fire in Australia having secured a new contract to supply state-of-the-art MSA Bristol structural firefighting PPE to ACT Fire and Rescue

Australian Capital Territory Fire and Rescue (ACTF&R) provides a rapid response capability from nine strategically located fire stations across the Australian Capital Territory. Having taken the decision to update its kit and transition to the next generation in structural firefighting personal protective clothing (PPC), it underwent an extensive procurement process, and a rigorous trial and evaluation period to test products available on the market. As a result, MSA Bristol’s popular XFlex range was selected, and an order placed with Pac Fire for about 1,000 sets.

MSA Bristol is a leading designer and manufacturer of protective clothing for emergency services across the globe, formed by the recent acquisition of Bristol Uniforms by MSA Safety. Its XFlex range has been ergonomically designed with sports styling and lightweight fabrics, providing advanced comfort and protection. The unique fabric combination consists of Safety Components Nomex® 360™, combined with a GORE® PARALLON™ 600 liner system, which provides unparalleled levels of breathability while preventing drops in thermal protection.

A spokesperson from ACT Emergency Services Agency commented: “It is important to us that we provide sizes and cuts that afford the best possible protection and comfort to our people. MSA Bristol’s XFlex provides garments that meet these requirements.

“Technology in all aspects of firefighting is moving at a rapid pace, and PPC technology is no different. ACT Fire and Rescue is excited to provide cutting edge PPC technology to its firefighters.”

Paul Clark, Business Development Manager from Pac Fire, commented: “We’re delighted to have won this significant contract, providing firefighters across ACT with cutting-edge kit that provides optimal protection alongside excellent comfort and manoeuvrability.”

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager from MSA Bristol, commented: “MSA Bristol has been working closely alongside Pac Fire, supplying specialist firefighter PPE to customers in Australia for more than 13 years. Our XFlex range is popular with firefighters across Australasia and the world, consistently performing well in user trials thanks to its light weight and flexibility.

“We look forward to supplying ACTF&R for many years to come.”