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Northern NSW : Summer 2013-14
Company Third Party Certification and Carbon Management Certification an Exceptional year equips Service for future The past year has been an exceptional one for our Ser vice. The very welcome announcement by the Minister for Health, the Hon Jillian Skinner, that doctors and paramedics would be located at the bases was a particular highlight. It marks yet another extraordinary development in the story of this community owned Service that plays a vital role in the NSW health care chain. As you know from information we have distributed previously we have been preparing for a new phase in rotar y aero- medical retrieval that flows from a major review commissioned by the Minister. Those of you who have seen the recent episodes of Air Rescue, the brilliantly produced documentary series featuring our pilots, crews and paramedics working hand in hand with other emergency services, will know that this is a complex business. So much professional skill, knowledge and high-tech equipment goes into each and ever y mission as people in need are taken to the best possible medical care available. There are more changes on the way and we are ver y well prepared. We have worked closely with NSW Health and with the Ambulance Ser vice of NSW to understand what will be required over coming years. In turn we have developed strategic policies and funding arrangements that will ensure our capacity to continue being the best possible ser vice we can. We are prepared. We have spent more than four years developing our strategic, operational, logistical and financial plans to ensure our communities remain well protected. With continued suppor t from our generous communities we can be confident we will achieve the high standards set within those plans. On a sad note, the Service acknowledges the passing of some very special friends. Margaret Spencer and Gwen French were long-time, valuable suppor ters and they will be missed. Our immediate focus is the coming holiday period, one of our busiest. From coast to bush and from city to farm many people are in a relaxed mood and often doing things that are outside their usual activities. I take this oppor tunity to urge ever yone to take that little bit of extra care for themselves and for their families and friends. You can celebrate the New Year in the knowledge that your Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service will be there for you and even better equipped to meet your needs. On behalf of the Board Members, the Members of the New England - North West Regional Advisory Committee, the Senior Management Team and all who work in the Service may I wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2014. Richard Jones General Manager BHP Billiton gives Service a boost Through its payroll deduction program $195,000 was donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service by employees of Mt Arthur Coal between July 2012 and June 2013. Their generosity was then matched dollar for dollar by BHP Billiton as par t of its Matched Giving Program. Ser vice Chairman, Cliff Marsh, said the mining industr y’s suppor t was essential to the Ser vice. “T he mining industr y has been a strong supporter of the Rescue Helicopter since it began 38 years ago,” he said. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2013 Page 3
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