Training base opens in city

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A TRAINING centre for a new paediatric helicopter transport service based in Sheffield has opened near the city heliport site at Sheffield Airport.

NETS, a charity which already provides the service in Australia, has set up a UK branch, basing its helicopter and clinical training centre at the former base of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The training facility, which will provide advice to other emergency services on the transfer of poorly patients, has opened following a specialist conference which welcomed experts from around the world.

The tendering process for an aircraft has now begun and Martin Eedes, a former chairman of Yorkshire Air Ambulance who has been recruited as volunteer chief executive, said he hoped it would be in operation by the autumn. He added the helicopter would be run as a charity requiring donations of £1 million a year to keep flying.

Anyone interested in fundraising for the charity should email martin.eede@netsuk.org or call 07743 930352.