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Northern NSW : Autumn 2012
There are many occasions where Polair works in conjunction with the Service. In January 2012 the Service was a host for a week-long operation in the Newcastle and Lower Hunter targeting alcohol related anti social behaviour, break and enters on dwellings and other crime matters. Polair utilise the Newcastle and Tamworth Bases because of their location, access to fuel and resting facilities for crew. At times throughout the year the Service’s crews and helicopters are called upon to assist not only Polair, but also the local area commands, in their day-to-day operations. Due to the size of Polair’s operational footprint to cover over 800,000 square kilometres with limited resources, it is not uncommon for the Service to be called upon because of proximity to a time critical job. Polair Pilot/Special Constable Matt Stanton said that “it is comforting for Polair to know that these taskings will be handled with the integrity, dedication and professionalism that we have come to expect from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service”. Strong partnership endures NSW Police Force Aviation Support Branch - POLAIR Service hosts NSW Police Investigation Unit The Service’s crews and helicopters attend many, many motor vehicle accidents each year and it was entirely appropriate that the Annual Conference of the NSW Police Investigation Unit was held at the Broadmeadow Base in October 2011. The purpose of the conference is to bring together crash investigators from NSW and the ACT to exchange ideas and information and to learn about advancements in the technical areas of collision investigation. Participants at the conference included Police officers from Newcastle, Kempsey, Ballina, Lake Illawarra, Bathurst, Tamworth and Sydney Metropolitan units and specialist speakers from a number of related disciplines. The Service enjoys a close relationship with NSW Police in the area ser ved by the helicopter. As well as being at the scene of accidents in the course of their work, many local police support the Service through the Payroll Deduction Program and become involved in local fundraising events. Crash Investigation Officers from the NSW Police Force at their annual conference at the Broadmeadow Base in front of the Service’s Tamworth based BK117. Photo courtesy of POLAIR Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2012 Page 9
Winter 2012 redo