It is with much sadness that we learn of the death of Barry Johns who passed away on Sunday 21st May.
Barry became a Trustee of the County Air Ambulance Trust in November 2006. He was a legend, always full of inspirational ideas, a true gentleman and his knowledge of the air and ambulance service and his unstinting support will be sorely missed by us all.
As Chief Executive Officer of the West Midlands Ambulance Service for 24 years Barry pioneered and led many of the modern features of delivering Emergency Medical Services. In 1990 he introduced the first air ambulance in the region initially called Air 5, then County Air Ambulance and now Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
Our helipad initiative to see helipads at all Major trauma Centres and key A&E Hospitals was a passionate desire and key to the support which Barry gave to me and the whole team.
It was through Barry that the decision was made in 2008 for County Air Ambulance Trust to provide seedcorn funding to help fund then new Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, which today is thriving and saving many lives.
Barry was a founder member and the inaugural Chairman of the Confederation of Helicopter Ambulance Services in 2002; President of the Association of Chief Ambulance Officers in 1990 and President of the Ambulance Service Association in 2000 and most recently Chairman of the European Standards Technical Committee on Ambulance.
Barry was awarded the Queen’s Medal for long service and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for services to the Ambulance Service.
We have all lost a true friend and on behalf of all the Trustees and staff at County Air Ambulance Trust we offer our sincere condolences to his wife Marrena and to all his family and many friends.