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Northern NSW : Autumn 2012
On the 21 December 1989 Graham Nickisson, the long- serving and well-known crewman with the Service, attended a function at the Western Suburbs Leagues Club. He was presented with a cheque from the Wests’ Arts and Crafts Club Kath Parry. The next day, Graham and his colleagues were tasked to attend the Kempsey bus crash, a day that changed his life. Nicko took his camera to record both events but unfortunately there was no film in the camera. A few days later he asked Kath to come to the Base for another photo making sure he had film. The photo was taken and Nicko’s remarks to Kath were “Only a disaster will stop me from getting this developed’. The 28th December 1989 was the day of the Newcastle Earthquake and the film went undeveloped and then misplaced. More importantly the Arts and Crafts group at Wests still has lots of affection for Nicko and the Service. Their annual contributions since that time have amounted to over $200,000. Strong partnership endures Crewman Graham Nickisson receives a donation from West’s Arts and Crafts Club Kath Parry. Some of the team from BIG LIFT at the Transport Awareness Day. Successful delivery by region’s trucks Last November’s Road Transport Awareness Day raised $105,000 and brings the total raised over past 18 years from this annual event to over $1 million. This contribution to the Service from the coalition of transport companies and organisations making up the Newcastle and Hunter Region Road Transport Awareness Group is outstanding and highly valued by the Service. Chairman Cliff Marsh said that the long standing relationship the Service enjoys with the trucking industry was of great importance, not just for the funds raised for the Service but for the safety awareness the Day created in the community where the public can gain knowledge and insight into the Transport and Logistics industry. Long long night On Monday 5 December 2011 the helicopter and crew flew two Intensive Care Flight Paramedics to Nelson Bay to bring a 7 yr old girl to John Hunter after a near drowning. The helicopter on duty was the BK117 HRR call sign Westpac 2. It arrived at the hospital at 5.15pm and returned to Base. After a shift change they were tasked at 7.40pm to go to Port Macquarie hospital to bring a 23 yr old male back to John Hunter after he suffered severe head injuries and facial fractures when a bull fell on him after a bull ride. He had previously been transported by road ambulance from Kempsey to Port Macquarie. The aircraft was refueled at Port Macquarie airport and the patient arrived in Newcastle at 11.30pm. As crew members were beginning to ‘wind down’ for the night, another call from the Medical Retrieval Unit came to transfer an 86 yr old from Coffs Harbour hospital to Port Macquarie hospital. The crew landed back at Broadmeadow Base at 7.15am after a long night of flying. For more information about missions go to www.rescuehelicopter.com.au Page 8 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Autumn 2012
Winter 2012 redo