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Northern NSW : Summer 2017
At a function just before Christmas some great supporters of the Service gathered at the Broadmeadow Base to see one of the new AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. These people are members of the unique 139 Club and you can read more about the club and the function in Rescue. We were privileged to hear Adam Butt from NSW Ambulance who spoke about how vital the aeromedical service is in the health care chain and Dr Rob Bartolacci, from John Hunter Hospital, who spoke of the pride he and his colleagues have in serving with the Service. Dr Bartolacci encouraged the group to closely inspect the new aircraft to see the innovations in equipment and capacity that provide medical staff even greater opportunity to help those in need while in flight. Innovation has, in fact, been a driver as we prepare for the new contract. I am proud to report that your Board has approved a new and significant Deep Level Maintenance system for the new helicopters. A special aspect of this system will be that we will employ our second engineering apprentice. As you can imagine maintenance of helicopters is a very special area and to date we have always had to employ already qualified engineers. Apprentices graduate as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and can further qualify as Leading Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. These are Civil Aviation Safety Authority qualifications essential for a Service such as ours. So it is yet another positive step in the great history of this Service that we are once again offering an engineering apprenticeship. Richard Jones CEO Doctors, apprentices and innovation The Service farewelled one of its most loyal friends and supporters Mark ‘Poppy’ Kearney in October 2016. Mark was the owner of the Beauford Hotel at Mayfield and was an avid supporter of sport and his local community. As a special tribute to Poppy, one of the races during the Rescue Helicopter’s Charity Race Day event at Broadmeadow on 13 November was named in his honour. The day was supported by Pacific National and emceed by racing legend Garry Harley with 172 guests enjoying all the betting action, raffles and auctions which helped raise $23,000. Race sponsors included PRD Nationwide Hunter Valley, James Murray Funerals, Bishop Collins, Beauford Hotel, DAKMATE, GPP, Carter Heavy Haulage & Transport, with Rankin Ellison, Purser Corporate Communication, AON and Quarry Mining purchasing tables. Vale Mark ‘Poppy’ Kearney (top row) Enjoying the day were Matt, Luke, Beth, Sean, Mick with (bottom row) Peter and Colleen Kearney, and Simone and Silvano Rech Our cover photograph features (L-R) Pilot Mark Goolmeer, Kristyn Rourke and Air Crewman Glen Ramplin reunited during a recent base visit 2 Rescue Magazine SUMMER 2017
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