This marks the culmination of a 12 year campaign backed by the public and driven by key individuals throughout that period.
This new Doctor / Paramedic led service will be of most benefit to those whose lives are at serious risk following significant injury or trauma.
The HEMS service brings with it the advantages of rapid transportation to scene, rapid advanced medical intervention at scene and rapid transport to the most appropriate hospital.
The first call the service was dispatched to was to help a young boy who was injured in a farm incident in Castlewellan on Saturday 22 July. Conor was quickly airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.
Conor and his family were able to join us today and you can see in the picture on the right the wonderful moment when they were introduced to the HEMS crew that helped Conor on the day.