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Northern NSW : Spring 2012
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2012 Page 15 Snapshots Allina day’s work From our archives In 1993, the Service teamed up with local cartoonist, Peter Lewis, The United Mine Workers Federation, Westpac, NBN television and NSW Coal to produce a Calendar that was sold to rasie money for the Service. Almost 20 years later the messages featured remain just as important today as they were then. The opportunity to get a closer look at one of the Westpac Rescue Helicopters is certainly something many people value. But for a Central Coast family seeing the work of the Service in action had even greater meaning. Earlier this year, the Service was called to a motor vehicle accident at Warnervale. Whilst emergency services prepared the patient for the helicopter transfer, pilot Mark Goolmeer and crewman Graham Nickisson took the opportunity to have a quick chat with onlookers. Among those near the Helicopter were Nicky Mann and her children who own Roses2Go a Central Coast company that has been a long term supporter of the Service. Nicky said it was an excellent way for her children to see firsthand the vital work of the Service and helped them to understand why their parents and business were so keen to support. One of the most critical elements of search, rescue and transportation is ensuring the safety of patients, crew and Ambulance personnel. Many hours of training are conducted between the pilots and crew of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service with NSW Ambulance Paramedics.