Our partners

Our partners


There are four air ambulance services within the East Midlands. 

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

Magpas Air Ambulance

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance 

There are several reasons why EMAS may scramble an air ambulance: 

  • If all land-based ambulances in the immediate area are occupied.
  • If land-based crews at the scene of an incident feel that the patient would benefit from being taken to hospital as quickly as possible.
  • If it's clear that a land-based ambulance will take time to arrive at the scene. This may be for a number of reasons, including traffic hold-ups in urban areas, distance in rural locations or inaccessible terrain.
  • If the patient needs to be taken to a hospital elsewhere in the UK for specialised treatment. 


It costs approximately £60,000 per month to keep just one aircraft operational and each one is funded entirely by charitable donations. 

A number of organisations work closely with EMAS to provide emergency life-saving care to patients across the East Midlands, for example, the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS), the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) and Lincolnshire Emergency Medical Response.

These organisations are charities founded and run by volunteer doctors, paramedics and clinicians who give up their spare time to attend 999 calls directed through our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

They aim to provide accredited doctors with skills in pre-hospital immediate care and work closely with us to provide a fast response to medical emergencies.

The schemes operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and all members undergo emergency driver training from EMAS driving instructors.

EMICS doctors volunteer their time, working over and above their normal general practice or hospital work, to attend emergency incidents at the request of EMAS to help provide pre-hospital treatment and care.

Their fast response cars are fully equipped with resuscitation equipment as well as with radios, blue lights and sirens. 

LIVES provide a first response to road traffic accidents, cardiac arrests and work place emergencies. All members of the local LIVES organisation are volunteer doctors, nurses, paramedics or community first responders who give up their spare time to respond to 999 calls as directed via EMAS Control. 

Members of the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation descend into the darkest subterranean recesses of the Peak District (and other areas of the UK if required) to help injured or trapped potholers, cavers and walkers. 

The team help EMAS crews when responding to emergency or urgent situations in some of the Peak District’s larger show caves, such as the famous Blue John Mine at Castleton. 

Fitted out in made-to-measure caving suits and armed with specialist equipment the team have seen their fair share of action since the unit was set up in September 2000.