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Dubai launches pvt air ambulances
By PMA Rasheed November 19, 2012
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DUBAI: With the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) awarding RMSI Medical Solutions the first licence to operate an air ambulance in Dubai, air ambulance services in the emirate would also be provided by private bodies.

Dr Fahad Al Zarouni, head of Ambulance Licensing at the DCAS, said, “The authority will issue licences authorising air ambulances to operate in the emirate, in accordance with the criteria and standards approved by the Corporation in this regard and in coordination with relevant entities in the emirate.

“The DCAS is preparing, updating and implementing the comprehensive strategic plans related to air and other ambulance services, in addition to managing and operating an ambulance services control centre in the emirate,” he added.

“The ambulance service - once notified - will provide invaluable round-the-clock humanitarian services to Dubai’s community, offering rescue operations to injured or sick people.

“The fully-equipped air ambulance with a team of doctors and paramedics will provide emergency treatment to patients, comfort them and supervise their condition until they are transported to hospitals,” explained Dr Al Zarouni.

Rob Lamb, CEO of RMSI, said, “RMSI’s high-speed intensive care jets are deployed within minutes of receiving flight clearance, providing 24-hour assistance to RMSI associates requiring international medical evacuation services.

“The RMSI’s real-time operations systems provide up-to-the-minute status reports. Every stage of the journey is monitored through high-tech satellite tracking, and communication is maintained between the air ambulance and the RMSI Mission Response Centre based in Dubai,” he added.

Wealth of experience

Giane Atallah Lamb, government liaison officer at the RMSI, said, “Each aircraft is fully equipped with the latest technology and medical equipment. On receiving an emergency alert, a well-trained and equipped medical team immediately sets off, geared for any situation. The highly-trained and skilled RMSI pilots hold a wealth of experience in flying into any area.

“The RMSI fleet of high-speed intensive care jets provides assistance to both civilian and military clients in addition to the United Nations, Nato, NGOs and corporate organisations with global operations,” she added.

“Geographically, Dubai enjoys a central position globally, and both from a logistical and commercial aspect, the city was the only place I’d consider anchoring RMSI’s operations. Being based in Dubai allows for quick, efficient and smooth deployment of RMSI’s air ambulances to our associates across the region, what with world-class medical care available in the emirate for patients needing emergency treatment,” elaborated Lamb.

“We have worked closely with DCAS, taking guidance from them with regard to best practices in service delivery. We look forward to our continued work with the DCAS, taking a collaborative approach to ensuring the highest standards are in place and continually updated in this very specialised field of medicine,” Lamb added.

RMSI Medical Solutions specialises in providing routine and rapid response medical treatment, and medical evacuations from high-risk environments. The establishment provides remote on-site medical staffing and clinical facilities, adequate medical support through the Dubai-based 24-hour Mission Response Centre, and both ground and air ambulance services.

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