HEMS-Station® Solar Plus – Hereford


HEMS-Station Solar Plus installed for the MAAC at their Secondary Landing Sites for deployment by Local Community Volunteers, to extend day and night operational hours


Midlands/NW, UK (Hereford, Tamworth, Birmingham and Cheadle)


  • Entirely Solar Powered
  • Includes Portable Illuminated Wind Cone
  • Tried & Trusted Hems-Star Lighting Solution
  • Secure IP65 Rated Cabinet Housing up to 10 Lights
  • Low Maintenance and Remote Support
  • Improved Regional Coverage for Night Operations / Low-Visibility
  • Ultimately Assist with Faster Response Times and Improved Critical Patient Care

MAAC expansion in Hereford, Tamworth, Birmingham and Cheadle

For over 30 years, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) has responded to thousands of mission requests, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK. In November 2015, MAAC commenced night flying operations.

The introduction of night operational secondary landing sites solution has increased MAAC’s regional network coverage and is now getting them closer to the scene: markedly improving critical care and extending operational hours. A key part of this solution was provision of FEC Heliports Portable Helipad Lighting Systems, acquired entirely via funds raised by HELP Appeal; as they will do so for other Air Ambulance Charities. The sites are supported by Community Volunteers who maintain and deploy the portable lights. The can be quickly illuminated on demand (manually or remotely via cockpit or lighting controller), providing clear, safe landing sites in key locations that were deemed as challenging to get to by road. The night secondary landing sites have been operational since February 2016 and now include Ludlow, Bishop’s Castle, Bridgnorth, Shobdon and Tilstock.

Following this success MAAC installed also a few HEMS-Station® Solar Plus in Hereford, Tamworth, Birmingham and Cheadle.

“The FEC Heliports Portable Helipad Lights were not only chosen for their ability to provide a compliant, light weight, re-chargeable and easy to use portable lighting solution for the roll out of our night secondary landing sites, but they have also required pretty much zero maintenance (monthly checks only) and extremely low running cost benefits too. I can recommend the FEC Portable Lights to any service facing similar emergency incidents”

Becky Steele
MAAC Air Operations/MERIT/RTD Manager
Chair AAA Operations Sub Committee