Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) has announced another extension of the operational hours of its emergency service which will now fly until 2am every day of the week with immediate effect.

DAA’s Chief Executive, Heléna Holt, said, “This landmark is another step towards our goal of eventually providing Devon with a 24-hour emergency Air Ambulance service. There isn’t a timescale yet for when this will be, but it remains one of our key objectives.”

Heléna Holt was at pains to thank the charity’s “amazing fundraisers and supporters” who have made this significant development possible.

Since the extension of flying time to midnight in 2016, DAA has assisted 118 patients during the hours of darkness.

Nigel Hare, DAA’s Operations Director, said: “Flying into the hours of darkness isn’t necessarily about flying the patient to hospital. It’s also about getting the right specialist care to the patient, quickly.

“Our community landing sites across the county allow us to land at a pre-surveyed site, with lighting that we can turn on and off by using just a mobile phone, saving vital minutes. Our doctors and specialist paramedics can administer essential treatment.”

Heléna Holt added: “A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes with parish councils and communities to create a network of community landing sites. It truly is a testament to our amazing supporters that what seemed a dream just a few years ago has now become reality.”