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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter 2017
In the next 12 months, about 1,500 people will be assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Each one of these people will be flown by an exceptional team of pilots and crew, and the care provided by the doctors, nurses and paramedics is first class. The AgustaWestland AW139 is an incredible aircraft that will serve our community well. It is faster, stronger and flies further and has now been successfully integrated in Lismore and Tamworth to complement the aircraft operating out of Newcastle. These new aircraft are part of a new 10 year partnership that kicked-off in March with NSW Ambulance and the NSW Health Local Health Districts. The partnership also signaled a new era with the amalgamation of our operations with those of our counterparts in the North. As a united organisation with the best possible aircraft and medical response teams supported by a team of highly skilled engineers, administration and marketing professionals, we can ensure the strongest operation of the NSW Northern Zone Helicopter Retrieval Network. We also celebrated the retirement of Cliff Marsh OAM as Chairman. As you will read in this issue of Rescue. Cliff has taken on a new role as the first Patron of the Service and on 7 July we unveiled the Cliff Marsh Operations Room to honour his incredible contribution. John Davis has taken over as Service Chairman. John joined the Service’s Board in 2015. He was a Partner of Sparke Helmore Lawyers from 1978 until 2012 during which time was the firm’s National Managing Partner (CEO) from 2004 to 2009. While some things have changed slightly at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, there is one that has not, and that is our commitment to our community. I can assure you that not one of the 1,500 people we assist this year will have to pay. That is because people like you think it’s important that our Rescue Helicopter is there when and where it is needed and no one should have to pay to be helped. Thank you. Richard Jones OAM CEO Our community lost two of nature’s true gentlemen with the recent passing of Michael Slater and Ron Munday. Mr Slater passed away on 11 July 2017 after a short illness. His contribution to the Hunter was matched by his passion and dedication to many organisations including Newcastle Permanent and their Charitable Foundation, RDA Hunter and the Rescue Helicopter where he served as a Board Director for more than 20 years. Mr Munday, 89, had been a generous, long time supporter of many community organisations including the Rescue Helicopter and over the years made a number of donations to support its valuable work. He lived on a cattle property at Glen Innes, which in 2014 was one of the pit stops for the Ride for the Chopper. New era but our commitment remains Sadly missed Michael Slater Ron Munday (Centre) with riders 2 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2017
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