Extra air ambulance on call during Tour de France visit to Sheffield

A third air ambulance helicopter will be brought into Yorkshire to cover the Tour de France.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which operates two helicopters to respond to emergencies in the county, is one of the emergency services planning for three million visitors during the July 5 and 6 Grand Depart.

Chief pilot Captain Andy Lister said: “Although the Tour provides medical assistance for competitors, there will be spectators and local people who live along the route, and this is one of many reasons we have taken the decision to bring in a third helicopter.”

Medical Aviation Services is providing the relief aircraft under an agreement so there will be no extra cost.

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