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Northern NSW : Celebrating 40 years Rescue December2015
2000: In partnership with the NSW Government, NSW Ambulance, sponsors and the community the Service launched the New England-North West Service on 25 August 2000. 2007: The Bell 407 operating from Tamworth crash-landed near Warialda en-route to a motor vehicle accident. Despite extensive damage to the helicopter the pilot, crewmen and medical staff were all unharmed. The damaged Bell 407 engine was replaced with a twin- engine BK117. 2011: An additional Bell 412EP was put into service operating from the Newcastle base. 2014: Doctors join paramedics on board every primary mission undertaken by the Newcastle-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Working with the paramedics first responders, the doctors are able to provide more specific and potentially lifesaving treatment. NSW Health Minister, the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP announced funding for doctors to be on board every flight from Tamworth in March 2015. For the community by the community 2014: In December 2014 the NSW Government announced that the Rescue Helicopter was the successful tender to deliver aeromedical services throughout the Northern NSW regions from 2017. Under the contract the Service will operate Augusta Westland 139 aircraft out of its bases at Newcastle, Tamworth and eventually Lismore. Presently our colleagues in the Westpac Northern Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service operate out of Lismore and, under an agreement, the base will be operated by an amalgamation of the Services in 2017. Today: The Service operates four aircraft, two Bell 412s and two BK1117s. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service undertakes more than 1000 missions each year across the Hunter, New England-North West, Central Coast and Mid-North Coast regions of NSW. This area covers about 132,000 square kilometres and includes a population of 1.2 million people. 3 Rescue Magazine CELEBRATING 40 YEARS SPECIAL EDITION
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