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Northern NSW : Summer 2013-14
On Friday 15 November one of the region’s best known community radio stations, 2NURFM, held a special outside broadcast from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s Broadmeadow base. The broadcast, showcasing the work of the Service for the community and those it works closely with, kicked off at 6am with 2NURFM’s Breakfast Show. Throughout the morning a plethora of Service employees, volunteers, partners and supporters lent their voices to the radio to talk about the work of the Service from operational, business, community and partnership perspectives. The defining moment of the broadcast was the live cross from Dave Cochrane to breakfast presenter, Todd Sergeant, as he flew over Newcastle with pilot, Kevin Ratcliffe. A continuous stream of members of the community came through the base to see the helicopter and the outside broadcast first-hand. The Newcastle Volunteer Support Group were on hand, providing everyone with bacon and egg rolls to kick-start their morning as well as show bags for the kids. Brianna Fogarty was formally inducted into the Service’s Rescue Club at her school’s weekly assembly on 15 November, 2013. Brianna is on the autism spectrum, but has never let that stop her living every day to its fullest. Two and a half years ago Brianna suffered a severe episode of SVT, a rapid increase in heart rate. Her mother, Maree, took her to Singleton Hospital, however she wasn’t responding to emergency treatment. The Ser vice was tasked to Singleton Hospital to transport Brianna along with Maree, to John Hunter Hospital for intense specialist treatment. Maree praised the paramedics on board for keeping everyone calm, so much so, that she even remembers looking out the helicopter window at the night-time scenery. Medical treatment continues to be a part of Brianna’s life, but her family still sings the praises of the Service who ensured she got access to the treatment she so urgently needed. On the same day that Batkid took the world by storm through the San Francisco Make A Wish Foundation, another Batkid stole the show at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Liam Unwin has two favourite things; Batman and Helicopters. At the recent Outside Broadcast at the Broadmeadow base, Liam, dressed in his superhero outfit, arrived with his mum and sister to check out the Rescue Helicopter. Whilst Liam didn’t want to talk in case his identity was revealed, his mum, Michelle, said that if his career as a vigilante crime fighter didn’t turn out his backup plan was to be a helicopter pilot. Batkid at the base Community Radio crosses live to the sky Brianna’s all heart Brianna Fogarty presenting Service Event Coordinator, Jeff Galbraith, with her picture of the Rescue Helicopter. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2013 Page 13
Rescue - Autumn 2014