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About Us

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) is a charity registered in Scotland with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

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Whilst flying in the remote outback in Australia, commercial pilot Alan Bell was inspired by the unique way they funded their Air Ambulance. On returning to Scotland, Alan presented the idea to businessman John Bullough, who with Mike Beale, *Roddy Young and Gavin Davey created Scotland’s first Charity Air Ambulance.

This Board of 5 formed Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) and OSCR approved the registration of SCAA as a Scottish Charity in early 2012. All five members of the team were registered as Charity Trustees and Company Directors.

At this stage SCAA was presented to the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Tayside. Their existing service is government funded but they realised the benefits a centrally based medically equipped helicopter could make increasing air ambulance capacity in Scotland.

A Reference Group with all future stakeholders including SCAA, SAS, NHS, Police Scotland and the Tayside Trauma Team was formed and a detailed business plan was prepared. This Business Plan was then presented to the SAS Board in 2012.

The SAS Board and Scottish Government both gave their full support in November 2012. SAS paramedics were selected to work on the SCAA helicopter, they completed air crew training in early 2013 and then a period of consolidation training with the 2 Scottish Government-funded helicopter air ambulances in Glasgow and Inverness.

Babcock Mission Critical Services (Onshore) Ltd. (formerly Bond Air Services) were selected as the aviation provider and the Bolkow 105 DBS helicopter arrived at Perth Airport on 14th May 2013. With everything in place, SCAA launched its charity air ambulance service to support the people of Scotland at 1pm on 22nd May 2013. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well Being conducted the formal launch and commended the SCAA Trustees and staff for their fine work in devising and developing a model charity which will have a significant impact across Scotland.

*Sadly, in 2011, Roddy Young died suddenly, his significant contribution to the formation of SCAA will always be recognised.

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) was formed in 2012 and launched our helicopter air ambulance in May 2013 to assist the Scottish Air Ambulance Service (SAAS) to deliver front-line care to time-critical emergencies across Scotland. SCAA provides a fully equipped medical helicopter that can be deployed from its central base at Perth Airport to incidents across the length and breadth of Scotland.

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance works in close cooperation with the Scottish Ambulance Service who provide the paramedic staff that crew the helicopter. SAS tasks the SCAA helicopter across Scotland through their Ambulance Control Centres.

Our charity is not supported by any statutory funding and the service is funded solely by donations from private individuals, companies and community trusts.


Our Purpose & Aims

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance Charitable purpose:

'The emergency relief of sickness and injury and the protection of human life by the provision of an air ambulance across Scotland'

In time-critical medical emergencies we have identified four core aims:

  • Save life
  • Preserve life
  • Increase survival rates
  • Assist the speed of recovery
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