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Northern NSW : Autumn 2011
Tag a Calf gets a giant boost Friday November 26, 2010 marked a significant milestone in the Ser vice’s history, the opening of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service New England Nor th West Base facility at the Tamworth Airport. Premier Kristina Keneally officially opened the new $2.3 million rescue helicopter base and announced a further $500,000 to assist with additional upgrades, which began in December and are anticipated to be finished in April. The new Tamwor th facility includes a brand new hanger for the helicopter, staff training rooms, offices, kitchen and crew quarters. The additional $500,000 grant from the State Government will deliver further upgrades to the facility at Tamworth Airport, including: • A flight planning centre – for planning and co-ordinating emergency responses; • A new engineering facility – for on site maintenance of the helicopter; and • Fit out of the new building – including new carpets, lighting and staff facilities. Joining Ms Keneally at the opening were more than 250 guests including Rescue Club members, representatives from the Service’s New England North West Volunteer Support Groups, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Chairman of the Board Cliff Marsh, members of the Service’s Board and New England North West Advisory Committee senior staff from naming sponsors Westpac and General Manager of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Richard Jones. $500,000 FOR NEW TAMWORTH HELICOPTER BASE The opening of the base capped off a very exciting year for the New England North West Service, which celebrated 10-years of life- saving missions in the Service’s operational region which spans from north of Murrurundi to Glen Innes, west to Moree and Lightning Ridge and south to Dubbo. Since the Tamworth-based Service commenced operations in 2000 it has flown more than 1,600 missions and now attends more than 100 motor vehicle accidents every year in addition to performing search and rescue operations and transporting critical patients from rural and remote communities to major hospitals in Tamworth, Newcastle and Sydney. NewEnglandNorthWestBaseOpe ning Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2011 Page 9
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