Rescue helicopter wins tender for aeromedical services
THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter (Northern Region) and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter (Hunter & New England) have been announced as the preferred tenderer for aeromedical retrieval services in Northern NSW.
This morning's announcement has been welcomed by the service's chairman, Warren Tozer, and the acting general manager, Roger Fry.
It means the Lismore service will need a new helibase in the not too distant future.
New Augusta Westland 139 helicopters will be employed across the state by each operator.
These are much larger aircraft, and are scheduled to be operational in early to mid 2017.
"The three regional services operate and fundraise under a proven model of community support and have partnered with the NSW Government to deliver rescue and aeromedical retrieval services for many years," Mr Tozer said.
Mr Fry said they had been working towards securing the new long-term contract for more than three years.
"It's important to recognise the contributions made by the many sectors within our community who have enabled the rescue helicopter service to grow and develop into the nationally recognised aeromedical retrieval service it is today," he said.
"This announcement gives peace of mind for not only our staff and volunteers, but for the wider community who rely on the rescue helicopter to be there when it counts."