The Irish Community Air Ambulance, which covers, Kerry, is celebrating one year in operation today.
Based in Rathcoole Aerodrome near Millstreet in Co Cork, in the past year it’s been tasked to 520 emergency medical incidents across Munster, Leinster and Connacht.
The service is staffed by the National Ambulance Service but is charitably funded, and has had fundraising drives throughout the year to keep the service running.
The most common call outs include cardiac arrest, road traffic collisions, falls from a height, equestrian incidents, farming related injuries, and stroke.
Flying at speeds of up to 260km/hr, the Air Ambulance can bring an advanced paramedic to the side of a patient anywhere in Munster within 30 minutes.