Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter flight operations team at the Lismore helicopter pad. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter flight operations team at the Lismore helicopter pad. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

NSW Ambulance to review choice of Lismore for chopper base

FURTHER doubt has been cast over the choice of Lismore as the future base for the Westpac rescue helicopter with the NSW Ambulance service conducting another review.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith has been lobbying hard to move the chopper base to Ballina because of concerns over fog at Lismore.

NSW Ambulance said in a statement just released: “After a review of Aeromedical Services in 2012, which included extensive stakeholder consultation, no objections were received regarding concerns about the potential impact of fog on aeromedical operations in Lismore, or a need to move the helicopter base away from Lismore.

“However, as a result of recent concerns raised by some aeromedical staff and the Health Services Union (HSU) about fog affecting the availability of the Lismore helicopter Dr Ron Manning, Executive Director Health Emergency & Aeromedical Services will seek aviation expertise to review and analyse weather data, inclusive of data received from the HSU in recent weeks and report back to him with their findings.

“The review will consider the impact of fog on aeromedical activities at Lismore.”



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