THE North West Air Ambulance has recruited paramedical staff from neighbouring ambulance services in a bid to promote their work.

And for the first time two female paramedics. including one from Lancashire Ambulance Service. will be helping to swell the ranks.

Staff from Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Lancashire Ambulance Services, have been seconded on to the operation after undergoing a rigorous selection and recruitment process and a two week Aircrew course.

It included training in helicopter air law, navigation, meteorology, emergency drills, medical aviation and principles of flight.

Bosses hope that the new staff members, including Amanda Hughes from Lancashire Ambulance Service and Jenny Edwards from Greater Manchester Ambulance Service, will bring with them a range of skills that can be used during their day-to-day responsibilities

They will be able to generate local awareness of the operation by the public and operational emergency personnel.

David Hill, chief executive of Lancashire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and also chairman of the Trustees of North West Air Ambulance, welcomed the appointment of new staff.

He said: "I congratulate the staff on their appointment in bringing their specialist expertise to benefit patients."