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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter 2016
The exhibition at Newcastle Regional Museum to celebrate 40 years of service in the Hunter has proved very popular. We would like to again thank those sponsors who made this event possible. They are our mates at Westpac as well as Big Colour Visual, Hexham Bowling Club, Passionate People Institute, peoplefusion, Purser Corporate Communication, Scott Webster, Slattery Auctions and Taggart Business Advisors. I also want to publicly thank the team who brought it together. The exhibition has allowed the wider community to see some of the stories that have helped make this Service a leader in its field and some of the equipment and other memorabilia that traces this outstanding 40 years. Our Chairman, Cliff Marsh, when speaking at the opening made the point that when surf lifesavers, including himself, decided 40 years ago to establish a summer aerial beach watch no one could have guessed what it might become. The exhibition highlighted some of the more spectacular feats by pilots and crews in rescuing people at risk and flying gravely ill people to emergency medical care. It also emphasised the importance of funding provided by our community. The timing of this exhibition could not have been more special. On cue, the first of our new AW139 aircraft was flown by Chief Pilot, Mike de Winton, to the Broadmeadow Base on Friday 10 June. It is soon to be joined by the three others and each will undergo the medical equipment fit out that is so necessary for the protection and care of patients. When that is complete and training finalised for all pilots, crew and medical teams, these four state of the art aircraft will come into service in the first quarter of next year. They will be housed at new bases at Belmont and Lismore and an upgraded base at Tamworth to service the whole of Northern NSW. 40 years and new helicopters Aero Defence, a leading supplier of aerospace and military spec parts to the aviation industry, has come on board as a valued partner of the Service. With a new marketing approach and focus on developing community relationships, Aero Defence has chosen to support the Rescue Helicopter because of a shared alignment and mission in working to keep people safe. Support will be offered on two levels via service and promotion. Aero Defence will provide the critical service of a reliable supply chain partner to ensure effective management of the logistical challenges when maintaining the Service’s sophisticated aircraft. It will also provide support through cooperative marketing efforts to help promote the Rescue Helicopter’s work across the community. Aero Defence is Australian owned and works alongside notable global and national companies including the Airbus Group Asia Pacific, Sikorsky Aircraft Australia and commercial and regional operators including Qantaslink, Regional Express and Cobham Aviation Services. Based on the Gold Coast its new centralised, state of the art stock and logistical facility services both domestic and international partners. Its quality management system is certified to the standards and specific requirements for the Aerospace industry, representing the highest benchmark both in Australia and globally. Our cover photograph featured in the 40th Anniversary Newcastle Museum exhibition and was taken by the Service’s Peter Grimmond. New partner Richard Jones General Manager 2 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2016
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