NSW aeromedical services will get a significant boost with the official opening of the brand new $5 million NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Lismore Airport. Minister for Health Brad Hazzard, joined by Member for Lismore Thomas George, NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones, today officially… Read more »
Maclean District Hospital has had to close down their attached helipad after the Northern NSW Local Health District conducted a safety audit. New safety and engineering rules have been set in place to ensure the overall safety of helicopter landing sites. Maclean District Hospital’s helipad did not meet these guidelines. A temporary landing site for… Read more »
The first of a brand new fleet of custom-built helicopters has touched down at Wales Air Ambulance’s airbase in Dafen, Llanelli. Providing coverage for the whole of South Wales, the advanced Airbus H145 model is the first of three helicopter upgrades being introduced this year, which will significantly enhance operations, the charity has said. Members… Read more »
New AW139 rescue helicopters have hit a snag in Northern New South Wales, as they are too large for the helipads, causing an excess downwash. These helicopters are now unable to land at eight of the regional helipads. Adam Marshalls, Northern Tablelands MP, has commented how he is perplexed at how health management did not… Read more »
The NSW Government will provide $2.3 million for a new Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service aeromedical base at Belmont. Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the new base at Lake Macquarie Airport will be a key emergency service facility for northern NSW with aircraft hangar facilities; day maintenance and training facilities; and accommodation for… Read more »
AgustaWestland and Australia’s Toll Group are pleased to announce the purchase of eight AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. The aircraft will be operated to perform Emergency Medical Service (EMS) missions in the Southern Region of New South Wales from newly constructed bases in Bankstown (Sydney), Orange, Wollongong and from the existing base in Canberra as part… Read more »
Contracts have been signed with the two preferred proponents to deliver the state’s new Helicopter Retrieval Network – one of the largest of its type in the world, Health Minister Jillian Skinner announced today. Mrs Skinner said the new network is made up of two regions, which will improve response times and deliver better patient… Read more »
The NSW Police Force has launched two new state-of-the-art additions to the Aviation Support Branch, PolAir 5 and PolAir 7. NSW Police Force Commissioner Andrew Scipione, unveiled the new aircraft at the Aviation Support Branch at Bankstown Airport today (Sunday 30 November 2014). The Commissioner was joined by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General… Read more »
The two Westpac rescue helicopter services based in the northern half of NSW will be part of one single tender to be made by the Hunter and New England North West Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service under its existing Air Operating Certificate. See full story
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with the New South Wales Police Force for the first Bell 412EPI helicopter to be operated in Australia. Based in Sydney, Australia, the New South Wales Police will take delivery of the new aircraft in late 2014 where it will be used for… Read more »
Under this initiative, RACQ Careflight Rescue, the Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service will each share in Government support to introduce NVG. see full story
In 2011, the Minister for Health requested that the Director General conduct an independent Strategic Review of the Ambulance Service of NSW. The Review has proceeded in two interrelated stages: Examination of the operational effectiveness, financing and governance of the NSW Ambulance Service; and Review of Aeromedical (Rotary Wing) Retrieval Services and the development of… Read more »
The new ”mega base” designed for rescue services would be built on the site of the old Parramatta City Raceway site near the M4, which is now called Sydney Speedway, said Ian Badham, an executive director of the rescue helicopter service CareFlight. (see full story)
Telstra Child Flight, founded by the community as the emergency helicopter service for critically ill children, has been helping to save young lives across NSW and the ACT for some 23 years. We have survived storms, floods, bushfires and funding shortfalls and we have dealt with critical life-or-death situations on a daily basis. Our specially… Read more »
National aeromedical charity CareFlight has been selected by the NSW Government to fly medical teams from the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) from January next year. Starting on 1 January, CareFlight will provide two helicopters to fly the NETS teams and patients from all over NSW to leading metropolitan hospitals in Sydney, Newcastle… Read more »
NSW Police have hosted a Helicopter Tactical Training Course, presented by a world-class tactical flight officer. The three-day â€˜Kevin Means: Tactical Flyingâ€™ course was held in Parramatta between Monday (5 March 2012) and Wednesday (7 March 2012) and attended by Aviation Support Units from police forces across Australia. Kevin Means is regarded as the worldâ€™s… Read more »
â€œI was surprised and concerned to see that Central NSW does not have a 24 hour helicopter medical retrieval service,â€ said Cr Phyllis Miller, Chair of Centroc and Mayor of Forbes. â€œThe current contract CHC Helicopters has with Ambulance NSW for medical retrieval services by helicopter is for 12 hours a day and only during… Read more »
NSW Police Force Commissioner, Andrew Scipione APM, has welcomed the latest addition to the Aviation Support Branch, PolAir 4. PolAir 4 is the Forceâ€™s newest helicopter, a twin-engine Eurocopter EC135 P2+, will replace the current single-engine model. The aircraft features newly-designed rotor technology, including a fenestron shrouded tail-rotor, which is significantly quieter than previous models…. Read more »
Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell will mark the final week of the New South Wales’ election campaign later today with a promise to fund more police officers and aÂ a new Ua$16 million counter-terrorism helicopter and 100 additional police vehicles.
Macquarie University will consider installing a helipad for its new state-of-the-art hospital in the wake of recent emergency helicopter transfers of patients from emergency departments of other hospitals.
The Premier, Kristina Keneally, has announced $500,000 for the region’s rescue helicopter. Ms Keneally made the announcement at the official opening of the new $2.3-million headquarters for the service at Tamworth Airport.
The NSW government’s decision to award a contract for medical helicopter services to a private company instead of the charity CareFlight has led to slower services that are three times more expensive, an audit has found.