UK commercial broadcaster UKTV has commissioned two series of NHS Rescue Squad (w/t) from York-based Air Television, which will follow the Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).
The 20 x 60-minute episodes, to air on UKTV’s Really channel, will have unprecedented access to a team trained to deal with a wide range of challenges in extreme environments, which can run the gamut from burning buildings to water rescues.
Air Television’s team is using drone technology to capture the action at emergency scenes through an agreement with ambulance and fire service officers.
The upcoming series (pictured) will be joined on Really by two more series of Helicopter ER, also produced by Air Television. Both series are in pre-production and will air in 2018.
According to UKTV, the premiere episode of Helicopter ER‘s first series drew an audience of 3.3 million.
“After the success of Helicopter ER we are delighted to be working with Air Television on the unprecedented series, NHS Rescue Squad, as well as a further two series of Helicopter ER,” said Luke Hales, general manager, Really, in a statement. “The Really viewers have come to expect high-octane blue light documentaries from us and I am sure this will raise the bar with non-stop action making for unmissable viewing.”