The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service
was founded in 1973 by Surf Life Saving Australia
. Since this time, the Service has carried out more than 50,000 flights ranging from patient transfers to search and rescue missions
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service is the longest serving search and rescue helicopter service in the world, it is also the largest non-profit search and rescue, and aeromedical retrieval service in Australia.
Its aircraft and trained medical and operational crews respond quickly and effectively to emergencies threatening the life, health and safety of people caused through medical emergency, illness, natural disaster, accidents or mishap.
The major sponsor of the helicopter services is the banking corporation, Westpac
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service operates in fives states in Australia and New Zealand. These states are:
New South Wales
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service has four operation bases and a total of eight rescue aircraft in New South Wales
. All ambulance contracted helicopters in NSW fly with onboard doctors and paramedics.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter base in Newcastle serves as the head of operations for the Newcastle and Tamworth services.
- Newcastle (Westpac 1 and Westpac 2).
- Tamworth (Westpac 3 and Westpac 4)
- Sydney (Lifesaver 1)
- South Coast (Lifesaver 3)
- Lismore (Life Saver 2 and Life Saver 4)
Note: During the first half of 2011 Westpac 2 will be based in Tamworth... Read More