Four new angels in the sky watching over us
IF YOU see a new bird in the sky in the near future, and you're wondering what it might be - perhaps it's the latest addition to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter fleet.
The newest helicopter to join the 34 year old service is the Agusta Westland AW139. Four of the aircraft will service the region from Tweed Heads to the Hawkesbury River after undergoing final fit out and the pilot, crews and engineering complete training.
Mr Richard Jones, General Manager of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, formally accepted the first of the new fleet of aircraft on May 13.
"I was very conscious during the handover that it was made possible by the wonderful support the people of the regions provide to the Service to help ensure the safety of our communities. Once again I pass on our appreciation to our sponsors, our volunteers and all members of the community who help to make it possible," Mr Jones said.
General Manager of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Kris Beavis also welcomed the new additions.
"The new aircraft represent significant change, which underpins our commitment to helping to provide the best possible service for those in the community who need our help." Mr Beavis said
This milestone sees the realisation of many years of steady growth and stewardship of the local service that has enabled the Hunter and Northern Services to combine to successfully tender for a new 10 year contract to provide aero-medical retrieval services for the NSW Ambulance Service.