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Northern NSW : Summer 2013-14
Community's Own takes flight on TV The day-to-day work of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is the feature of a new and very popular six part mini-series. Air Rescue premiered on the 7 Network and Prime on Monday 4 November as a real-life rescue drama following the work of the Service and NSW Ambulance paramedics for our community. The show is a real insight into the challenges faced by pilots, crewmen and on- board paramedics, dealing with treacherous terrain, poor weather and remote locations. Service General Manager, Richard Jones, said that Air Rescue was a great opportunity to showcase the work of the Rescue Helicopter in partnership with other emergency services. "For most people the Service is the iconic yellow and red helicopter in the sky. You know it's there for you if it's needed," he said. "This show is a fantastic way for people to see what really goes on in the cockpit, on-board, in the air. It's quite special, but thankfully most people don't ever have to experience it." Some of the most memorable rescues featured on Air Rescue include winching a rock fisherman who had fallen down a cliff face during huge swells to safety, assisting a shark attack victim, and racing a nine-month old boy to Westmead Children's Hospital Specialist Burns Unit after an accident. Westpac has supported the Service since it was established in 1975 as a volunteer part-time beach patrol in the Newcastle area. This is one of the community's longest and most valued partnerships. For a number of years Steggles has supported the work of the Rescue Helicopters by giving funds through its Charity Nest. During the Steggles Family Day held at Tamworth Showground the Rescue Helicopter was presented with $13,000. Service Community Liaison Officer, Mick Wilson and Senior Pilot, Dave Davies, were presented the cheque by Steggles employees Sheralee Stewart and General Manager Simon Camalleri and their families. Charity Nest gives Page 4 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2013
Rescue - Autumn 2014