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Extra air ambulance cover during Tour

Extra air ambulance cover during Tour

Published at 6:43pm 29th April 2015. (Updated at 6:50pm 29th April 2015)

Emergency services are assuring everyone that they're fully prepared for the Tour de Yorkshire.

Crews will respond to calls as normal and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance has drafted in a third helicopter to provide extra cover.

It will be on standby at the charity's Northern airbase at RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk.

The charity had its busiest ever weekend during last year's Tour de France Grand Départ, attending over 30 incidents in three days.

On a normal weekend, crews may respond to three or four call-outs.

Chief Pilot Captain Andy Lister said: "We know from the amazing success of the Tour de France last year just how popular this first Tour de Yorkshire is likely to be and how much extra operational pressure that may lead to.

"Not only that, it is also a Bank Holiday weekend, so we are also likely to see an increase in tourists to the area too.

"Working with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, we have managed to provide extra staff cover so we can bring in a third helicopter for the weekend to give us increased support."

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care at home and whilst outdoors to reduce the risk of incidents.

Area Manager Jim Butters said: "We are mindful of the fact that the race passes through moorland areas and we are asking people to be careful not to drop cigarettes which can start wildfires that, by nature, spread very quickly.

"Also be vigilant if using a disposable barbecue and always make sure it is properly extinguished after use.

"Congestion will be another potential challenge for us all, so please plan your journeys, drive safely and park in designated areas. Do not block roadways with your vehicle, as this could prevent fire engines from accessing the scene of an emergency.

"Do not leave rubbish lying around. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire, so put rubbish in a designated bin or take it home with you."

You can get more information about the Tour de Yorkshire at letour.yorkshire.com