RIATWhether it’s the police, ambulance or fire and rescue, the speed and effectiveness of the UK’s airborne emergency services in responding to an incident can often be the difference between life and death.

Thanks to Eurocopter UK Ltd, their capability and professionalism will be demonstrated in vivid fashion when a dramatic rescue is enacted at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds on July 20-21.

From search, surveillance and crime detection to casualty evacuation and air ambulance airlift, the rotary wing aircraft element of the UK’s frontline response units are on 24-hour standby to provide vital support wherever it is needed.
In a recreation of an emergency scenario, the National Police Air Service, London Fire Brigade and Devon Air Ambulance, operating three Eurocopter helicopters, will demonstrate their capabilities to Air Tattoo spectators.

As the drama unfolds, a Police EC135 helicopter will overfly the scene to aid co-ordination whilst an EC145 with a fire service team on board will attend the incident along with an EC135 air ambulance.

The demonstration is part of the Air Tattoo’s Sky Guardian theme which will turn the spotlight on civil and military aircraft operators who play an important role safeguarding life, land and liberty around the globe.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: “The demo will be a rare opportunity for the public to witness the airborne emergency services’ skill and bravery, often working in situations none of us would want to find ourselves in.

“We are grateful to Eurocopter, whose EC135 helicopter is the aircraft of choice for the UK Emergency Services, for offering us the opportunity to salute the role of these unsung heroes.”

Among the other highlights in the airshow’s seven-and-a-half hour flying programme will be displays by the Vulcan bomber, fast jets including the Typhoon, Gripen and Rafale; six aerobatic display teams including the RAF Red Arrows; the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight plus a number of unique joint flypasts.

The Royal International Air Tattoo takes place at RAF Fairford on July 20-21. For a full list of all the visitor opportunities and to purchase tickets, visit airtattoo.com or call 0800 107 1940. All under-16s go free. Free parking.