Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Bath, South Gloucestershire, North East Somerset, Bristol,, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

GWAAC provide critical care and air ambulance service for 2.1million people across the Counties of Bath, Northeast Somerset, Bristol, South-Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and parts of Wiltshire. The retail of the charity raises essential funds for the charity and their work. Walker Fire provide fire and security systems in the retail shops.

“Having a single supplier means we receive an essential service keeping us compliant in our retail branches raising funds needed to keep the Air Ambulance flying on life saving missions across our regions” Sean Coles – Operations Manager GWAAC

Walker Fire offer peace of mind to Great Western Air Ambulance that they have the correct fire protection and security systems; it also means they have a single point of contact for their needs.

They do not need to remember several suppliers names and contact details. We contact them with the servicing and maintenance dates and therefore they can concentrate on their fundraising efforts for the charity, knowing the fire safety and security is taken care of.

The Story of Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

The charity needs to raise £4 million a year to remain operational. 2021 was the charity’s

Second busiest year with 1,964 call outs. The team consists of highly trained and experienced critical care doctors, Advanced practitioners, and specialist paramedics in Critical care, who bring the skill and expertise of a hospital emergency to the patient. To support the Air Ambulance operation, they fundraise using their retail branches, events and utilise the skills of volunteers within the charity.

The “Challenge” GWAAC Faced

The retail shops are an integral part of the fundraising efforts for the charity. Raising the essential funds needed to keep the Air Ambulance and it’s fleet of three critical care cars operational. With each mission costing approximately £2,000. Managing different dates and suppliers for the servicing that is due, takes time from team members who could be fundraising. The retail arm continues to grow and without a quick turnaround for installation of fire safety and security systems causes delay’s opening and prevents the charity from trading raising essential funds. Walker Fire have allocated a Business Development Manager to assist with all enquiries and requests directly with the Directors of the business.

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The work GWAAC do;

  • The crew gets called to people in urgent need. They take the skills and equipment of a hospital emergency department to the patient at the side of the road, in a field or in their lounge
  • The crew also shares knowledge with other medical professionals and takes part in research trials to help improve procedures and treatment
  • The charity team, aside from fundraising, also educates our communities (with the help of their amazing Heartstarters volunteers) on how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator (cardiac arrests are the most frequent incident they attend. (Around one-third of the call-outs are to someone suffering a cardiac arrest). They also launched a campaign in 2022 to get more defibrillators out into our communities

How GWAAC Used Walker Fire (UK) Ltd fire and security systems

To ensure that all who visit the retail stores are safe the fire detection systems are installed, serviced, and maintained by Walker Fire Engineers. In addition to ensuring the safety of people they also ensure that the alarm is raised promptly if there was a fire. Combined with the installation of security systems, the stores have the best coverage against theft and crime. The systems allow the team to focus on raising funds knowing they have compliant systems that work.

Fire Extinguisher Supply and Servicing

In many cases, the fire extinguishers on site are the first line…

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Why GWAAC Chose our Fire Extinguishers and Fire Protection Systems

Sean Coles Operations Manager was impressed by the attention to detail shown by the Business Development Manager Jacob Fish. “Jacob replies promptly and has been great at getting work completed quickly and to a high standard. I know I can get in touch with Jacob, and he will sort whatever I need with no fuss. These relationships are important to ensure we as a team can focus on the other areas of the business knowing our fire and security needs are taken care of.”

Why choose us?

There are many reasons to choose Walker Fire and our quality first approach to fire safety. We’re passionate about what we do and strive for nothing short of excellence for our clients


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