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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2017
Winston Churchill once said: “This is no time for ease and comfort; it is time to dare and endure.” T h is quote encapsulates the ethos of the Lismore Service, from its modest beginnings in 1982 to the newly created service of today. For 35 years the Service has dared and endured with the strong support of the community and carried out more than 8,600 life-saving missions, all at no charge to the patients. During this time the Service has had changes to airframes technology (six in total), regulations, crew configuration, management and most recently, to our home base. Local builders Greg Clark Building began civil works in July 2016 and since that time our staff and community alike have watched with great interest as the new base started to take shape from the ground up. A custom-designed base, this state-of-the-art facility contains six bedrooms, two kitchens, a 1.5 bay hangar and an operations room fitted with the latest technology. The Service began moving from the flood-affected Brunswick Street base to Krauss Avenue in late April and officially went live with operations on the 27 April. The Service flew its first mission from the new base (an inter-hospital transfer) on Friday 28 April 2017. The Lismore Base held its official opening on 8 September. As individual milestones all of these things would have been remarkable enough, but being done in a period of such change while maintaining availability, is testament to the staff’s dedication and commitment to serving our community. The Lismore Service will always remember the contributions made by many, including Elton Cummings, Perry Wells, Warren Tozer, Harold Fredericks and Kris Beavis to name but a few. Without the wide and varied support of so many people in our community, this Service would not be where it is today, in a brand new base, at the start of a new 10-year contract, servicing more than 1.5 million people with an Lismore base opening integrated Northern NSW helicopter retrieval network. Further south, the Rescue Helicopter and NSW Ambulance celebrated the opening of the purpose-built aeromedical base at Belmont Airport on 7 July. The Service also unveiled the Cliff Marsh OAM Operations Room in honour of its Patron and former Chairman. Mr Marsh was a founding father and then took on the role of Chairman from 1992 until his retirement in May 2017. “T he Operations Room is where every mission starts and critical decisions are made, so it is very fitting that we name it in Cliff’s honour,” Service CEO Richard Jones said. In the New England North West the official Tamworth base opening took place on 18 September, revealing first class extensions at Tamworth Airport. Keep an eye out for the full story in the next edition of Rescue. The Hon Brad Hazzard MP officially opened the Lismore Base on 8 September. 6 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2017
Rescue Winter 2017