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Northern NSW : Celebrating 40 years Rescue December2015
THE WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER SERVICE WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TO THE PEOPLE OF NEWCASTLE AS A WEEKEND BEACH PATROL ON 6 DECEMBER 1975. IN DECEMBER 2015 THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATES A SERVICE THAT PROVIDES AROUND THE CLOCK SPECIALISED AEROMEDICAL SERVICES TO THE HUNTER, MID-NORTH COAST, CENTRAL COAST AND NEW ENGLAND NORTH-WEST WITH SPECIALISED CREWS. No one has ever paid to be assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter because the Service owes its very existence to the people of our community who believe that having a dedicated Rescue Helicopter is important. Our front cover shows some of the people who have connected with the Service over the past 40 years and include those we have assisted (our Rescue Club members), volunteers, partners and sponsors, people who give through their payroll, our team and people who support. We thank you and celebrate your ongoing and valued support in this 40th milestone year. 1975: Helicopter Service commenced operation with an all- volunteer crew of local surf lifesavers in the summer of 1975, flying a Bell 47 helicopter. A partnership with the Wales Bank was established. 1978: A Bell JetRanger was leased to provide even greater rescue and patient care. 1981: With the assistance of additional funds from sponsors and support from the community the Service began 24 hour a day, year round operations. 1986: A Bell LongRanger helicopter equipped with advanced medical and rescue equipment was purchased. 1990: A twin-engine Dauphin helicopter was put into service. 1993: The Dauphin was damaged beyond repair in a crash- landing near Barrington House on 13 February. 1993: Bell 412SP helicopter was purchased and modified. 1999: The NSW Health Minister, The Hon Craig Knowles MP, announced a review of aeromedical services highlighting that an available regional services could be established in northern NSW. For the community by the community Rescue Magazine CELEBRATING 40 YEARS SPECIAL EDITION 2
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