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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter 2017
Digging deep Bengalla employees and its contract companies have been digging deep thanks to a dragline bucket makeover. Having placed an order for a new bucket at Bengalla, the maintenance division came up with the idea of painting it in bright colours to raise funds for the Rescue Helicopter. Bengalla CEO Cam Halfpenny acknowledged creative design work from CQMS Razer, which helped to collect $8,970. ‘T here is nothing that captures your attention more than a dragline bucket coming through town painted bright yellow and red with a big set of teeth,’ Mr Halfpenny said. ‘T he Rescue Helicopter plays a vital role in our community, and it is reassuring to know that such a professional and dedicated service is there supporting the community.’ Veronica’s goal Turning personal goals into reality is one step closer for a young helicopter enthusiast thanks to a special affiliation between the Rescue Helicopter and Disability Services Australia (DSA). Veronica Croucher, a DSA client, is passionate about choppers and spends her spare time sitting on the grass at John Hunter Hospital watching the aircraft land and depart from the helipad. When the 21 year old identified her goal of becoming a pilot the DSA team contacted the Service to help organise a unique experience. Soon after, Veronica visited the Broadmeadow base where she met crew members, engineers and also had a closer look inside an AW139. DSA is a NDIS registered social enterprise supporting people to develop the skills and capabilities they need to reach their potential at home, in the community, through education and in employment. Tamworth base welcomes AW139 The month of May marked the arrival of the new AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter that will service the New England-North West region. By early June, the crew had carried out more than 20 missions including primary response as well as inter-hospital transfers at Bingara, Quirindi, Armidale, Ellerston, Tenterfield, Murrurundi and other regional towns. The AW139 provides greater speed, range and endurance and supports advanced patient care through many onboard features such as the special ‘zero lift’ arms to assist moving Newborn Emergency Transport Service (NETS) cribs. Under the new partnership with NSW Ambulance, the Service operates across the Northern Zone of the NSW Helicopter Retrieval Network, delivering life-saving aeromedical search and rescue services. (L-R) Bengalla Mine CEO Cam Halfpenny with Chad Griffith and Chris Shannen Tamworth’s air and medical crew welcomes the AW139 Community Liaison Officer Barry Walton helps show Veronica around 15 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2017
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