The charity was founded in 2000 and currently operate two state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters – one based at their Nostell Air Support Unit, near Wakefield and the other at RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk.
Both helicopters were welcomed to the Charity in 2016 and offered their crews much more advanced technology, a larger cabin area, smoother flight experience, and a bespoke medical fit out for use by their Critical Care team when treating and transporting often critically ill patients.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance fly daily with a crew consisting of a highly trained Pilot, and two Critical Care Paramedics. The Nostell helicopter also flies with a Critical Care Consultant with experience in A&E and an anaesthesia specialism. The Charity dispatch their helicopters from their own dedicated air desk, manned by a one of their Critical Care Paramedics to ensure the air ambulance are sent to the most urgent incidents across the county.