The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust is an independent charitable trust receiving no funding from central Government or the National Lottery. Everything they need to meet their annual running costs of £2million comes from the public in the form of donations, fundraising, legacies and sponsorship. The helicopter is a Eurocopter EC135 based in South Oxfordshire. It is crewed by one pilot and two paramedics, who are supported on a regular basis by a small team of dedicated doctors,
and is tasked from South Central ambulance control to respond to 999 emergencies. The Air Ambulance has a top speed of over 140 miles an hour and carries a full range of life saving equipment to enable swift medical intervention on the ground. It also has an additional seat to carry a parent or carer to accompany a sick or injured child. It has the ability to land in inaccessible places, a key asset given the many rural places across the three counties
that a conventional land ambulance would struggle to reach. The Air Ambulance is frequently scrambled to attend equestrian accidents, farm incidents, walking and biking accidents, and is often tasked to attend major road incidents. They also fly into school playgrounds, sports fields, golf courses and riverside incidents, reaching any location where it is required in the fastest possible time.