Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has concluded plans to commence medical emergency and rescue operations by deploying the three Rapid Response Squad (RRS) helicopters recently purchased by his administration, as a means to facilitate rescue operations as well as boost security surveillance across the metropolis.
On Wednesday, one of the choppers, with registration number 5N-RRS, carried out a test landing at the emergency unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, in preparedness to handle any emergency situation as well as show that accident victims and others in emergency situations can be flown to anywhere in the state to receive prompt medical attention.
This is coming as a prelude to plans by the Governor to roll out a Medical Emergency Response initiative using the helicopters. Aside aiding in security surveillance and traffic monitoring, the helicopters can be effectively deployed to promptly attend to medical emergencies from any part of the state.
It would be recalled that the RRS helicopters recently aided in locating and rescuing crew members and passengers of a helicopter with registration number N5BQJ belonging to Bristow Group, which crashed while heading to Lagos from Port Harcourt. The helicopters have also been deployed to aid security surveillance and traffic monitoring in the state.
Since its purchase in November last year, the state has not recorded any major case of robbery, especially in financial institutions, as it has the capacity to track down fleeing criminals on land and on sea.