North Coast

Service on the verge of significant flying milestone

 The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is counting down to a significant milestone, expected to be reached this weekend – hitting 10,000 flying hours for the AgustaWestland (AW139) aeromedical aircraft which were introduced in 2017. 

The milestone reflects a huge accomplishment for Service staff including Engineers, Pilots and Aircrew Officers, as well as the NSW Ambulance Critical Care Paramedics and NSW Health Doctors of the Helicopter Critical Care Medical Team who are integral to the daily life saving work. 

Understandably proud of the accomplishment, Engineering and Operational Teams are watching aircraft taskings intently for the 10,000 hours of flight time to be reached. 

A detailed Media Release will be issued on achievement of this significant operational event for the Service. 

About the Service: 

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was established in 1975 and through community support and fundraising it has become a critical service that operates four (AW139) helicopters from three bases in Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore. Today the Service delivers aeromedical search, rescue and inter-hospital transfers to care for communities from north of the Hawkesbury River, up to the Queensland border. Along with the Pilot and Aircrew Officer, every primary response mission launches with a dedicated NSW Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic, NSW Health Doctor and depending on the needs of each patient the team may include specialist nursing professionals. 

The Community, Business Partners, and the NSW Government through NSW Health and NSW Ambulance, provide the funds to ensure the Westpac Rescue Helicopter continues to save lives across Northern NSW.