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Northern NSW : Autumn 2013
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice has a fleet of four twin-engine helicopters. These helicopters have been fitted out with state of the art aeromedical and flight equipment. The Community's Own Since 1975 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Operated by the Hunter Region SLSA Helicopter Rescue Service Ltd. ABN: 40 002 862 026 The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service produces this newsletter Rescue as a community ser vice to keep the community, sponsors and support groups and all interested people informed about activities within the Service. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this newsletter is correct at the time of publication. Contributions from interested people are always welcome and should be submitted to the Editor at the address above. firstname.lastname@example.org www.rescuehelicopter.com.au New England - North West 50 Basil Brown Drive Tel: 6764 9400 Westdale NSW 2340 Fax: 6764 9411 PO Box 6187 Freecall: 1800 155 155 Westdale NSW 2340 Hunter / Mid North Coast Bavin Road Tel: 4952 0000 District Park Fax: 4952 0055 Broadmeadow NSW 2292 Freecall: 1800 155 155 PO Box 230 New Lambton NSW 2305 Central Coast Level 1 Fountain Plaza Tel: 4363 9746 148-158 The Entrance Road Fax: 4365 0231 Erina NSW 2250 Freecall: 1800 155 155 PO Box 3677 Erina NSW 2250 2000 The Service, in partnership with local politicians, the community, and business leaders launched the New England – North West Service on Friday 25 August 2000. 2007 The Bell 407 crash landed near Warialda en route to a motor vehicle accident. Despite extensive damage to the helicopter the pilot, crewmen and medical staff were all unharmed. Today The Service operates four aircraft, two Bell 412s and two BK117s. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service currently undertakes more than 1400 missions each year across the Hunter, New England – North West, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions. This area covers approximately 132,000 square kilometers and includes a population of 1.2 million people. On the back of continued community support, no-one has ever paid to be airlifted from an emergency. 1975 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service commenced operation with an all-volunteer crew of local surf lifesavers during the summer of 1975 flying a Bell 47 helicopter. 1981 With the assistance of additional funds from sponsors and support from the community, the Service commenced 24 hour a day, year round operations. 1986 The Service purchased a Bell Longranger helicopter equipped with advanced medical and rescue equipment. 1990 The Service’s upgraded to a twin engine Dauphin helicopter 1993 Dauphin, was damaged beyond repair in a crash near Barrington House on 13 February 1993 Bell 412SP helicopter was purchased and modified 1999 The newly appointed Health Minister, The Hon Craig Knowles, announced a review of Aeromedical Services in NSW highlighting that a viable regional service could be established in northern NSW.