DEVON Air Ambulance’s (DAA) Community Landing Site Network has achieved a major milestone launching its 200th Community Landing Site at Tews Lane Playing Field, Fremington.

DAA’s extensive network of 200 surveyed landing sites has allowed its aircraft to land in many towns and villages across Devon during the “hours of darkness”, enabling its specialist medical crew to reach patients quickly and safely.

The charity’s network of Community Landing Sites was first established in 2016 when the organisation began the move to nighttime flying.

Creating a network of established, pre-surveyed sites caught the imagination of Devon’s supportive towns and villages quickly, and it did not take long to hit 100 sites and continue rising.

Graham Coates, Landing Sites Manager at Devon Air Ambulance said: “It’s great news that a second community landing site in Fremington is now operational and we can reach even more local people by air during the hours of darkness. My thanks to the Fremington Parish Council for its ongoing and continued support for this project. 

“We reached our previous milestone of the 150th site in June 2020 at Newton Ferrers, so to be able to celebrate our 200th site in 2024 is extremely exciting and I cannot wait to see how the landing sites continue to develop over the coming years.”  

The celebrations were enjoyed by everyone in attendance including residents, Parish Councillors, children from Roundswell Community Primary Academy, Barnstaple along with Devon Air Ambulance aircrew, staff and volunteers. 

Fremington Parish Council has been working with DAA for several years, initially regarding the Community Landing Site at the football club and now at Tews Lane where this latest project had come to fruition.

Councillors attended the launch of the 200th landing site in Fremington on Wednesday, January 31, gaining an exciting insight into the behind-the-scenes processes at DAA and the opportunity to see the charity’s Critical Care Car and Air Ambulance up close. 

The importance of the Community Landing Sites in developing nighttime operations and the CLS network has been invaluable and continues to provide pre-surveyed and managed sites that crews can choose to land at when tasked in the hours of darkness.  

If you are interested in finding out more about DAA’s Community Landing Sites or would like to notify Graham about a site that you feel may be suitable in your area, please email: [email protected] .