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Northern NSW : Spring 2011
On 28 December 2010 at 7:30pm, Pilot Mark Goolmeer and Rescue Crewman Glen Ramplin received a call from the Medical Retrieval Unit to fly paramedics to a campground at Mungo Br ush on Myall Lakes, north of Tea Gardens. A gas bottle explosion had caused burns to 6 people. Two of those people were children and an 8 year old boy and 10 year old girl had severe burns to their face, shoulders, chest and arms. They were flown to the John Hunter Hospital – a 30 minute flight compared to a one and a half hour trip by road. Later they were transferred to the Bur ns Unit at Westmead Childrens Hospital. The children’s mother contacted the Base by email via the Ser vice’s website. She thanked everybody involved for their kindness and efficiency. Mark Goolmeer then sent two “Pilot Kevvy” mascots and two Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service caps to the children to help their speedy recover y. They each responded with thank you letters, a poster and a $5.00 donation from their fortnightly pocket money. Email from Mum Hi there, on the 28th of December 2011 I was camping at Mungo Brush with my four children and friends, when my two youngest children were burnt in a gas explosion from a BBQ. They were taken by road ambulance to meet up with your helicopter. I couldn’t go with them and I started the longest trip of my life to John Hunter Hospital where my babies were being flown by your wonderful people. I didn’t get to meet you kind people that looked after my babies on that flight but the kids said you made them feel safe. They told me how you talked to them and told them that everything would be all right. You allowed them to hold hands from their stretchers which made her happy because she could feel her little brother’s hand and knew he was ok. THANK YOU so much for the way you treated my babies. I wished I had been there to kiss their tears but knowing they were in good and kind hands at such a sad time makes me feel so much better. The kids are doing well. Their faces are healing well and they look great, they would love to find out the names of whoever it was that looked after them and maybe thank you in person. They are visiting Westmead Children’s Hospital burn unit next week to thank everyone that helped them there. So again from the heart of a mum THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. Mum’s anguish and thanks Crew Chief Peter Cummings (left) with Intensive Care Flight Paramedics from Newcastle becoming familiarised with the cabin layout of the new BELL 412EP. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2011 Page 3