The Air Ambulance Service are the charitable organisation that runs The Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland and Northamptonshire & Warwickshire Air Ambulance. The charity has two helicopters that cover the region, based at Coventry and East Midlands Airports and they cover some of the busiest motorway networks in the country such as The M1, M6 and M40. With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average six missions a day.
The charity was founded in 2003 with the launch of The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. By the 12th June 2014 they had flown over 1000 missions in the region and this figure had increased to over 5000 by October 2006.
In 2008, The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance took to the skies as the charity expanded its service and between the two helicopters they now covered over 3850 square miles. Within a year, DLRAA had flown over 1000 missions.
On the 26th January 2010, WNAA flew its 10,000th mission and the charity also opened its first boutique in Rugby. In 2011, the two services were officially brought under the same umbrella of The Air Ambulance Service and in 2012 all paramedics onboard the helicopters were employed full-time by the charity. By 2013, DLRAA had flown over 5000 missions.
The charity receive no government funding and must generate their own income in order to sustain the service.