Westpac Rescue Helicopter
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Your local Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Zipping across the lower North and upper South Island
- Provides 24/7 emergency medical service
- Charges $0 to patients
- Average take off 8 minutes (day)
There are three key roles on your Westpac Rescue Helicopter – pilot, crewperson, and paramedic.
When on shift, the crew remain at the Air Base and ready to go at all times.
CrewpersonThe crew coordinates the emergency air services and ensures a safe and secure working environment. Their search and rescue skills enable them to spot patients in raging seas, orientate pilots while flying close to cliff edges, and operate the winch to access patients in hard-to-reach places.
Mission breakdown 2021
Why we fly
Why we fly
Westpac Helicopter Specifications
Constant vibrations, turbulence, mud, water, sand make for a harsh environment for the equipment on board.
Fortunately, support from the community (and rigorous cleaning by the crew) help keep it in top nick.
DefibrillatorThe corpuls3Touch/defibrillator provides real-time patient data, enabling fast diagnosis. It can also shock the patient to restore a regular heartbeat if needed.
Dog harnessA speciality harness for man's best friend, this piece of equipment safely allows us to winch Police Dogs for missions and rescuing patients' canine companions.
Fall arrest suitAlso known as a harness, this is to keep the crewperson and Wellington Free Ambulance Flight Paramedic attached to the cabin when the doors are open.
HelmetHelmets provide crucial protection to our crews, as well as the ability to communicate easily when winching, searching and navigating on a mission.
Night Vision GogglesEssential for safe flying at night, the military-grade night vision goggles can amplify a light source to be more than 7,000 times brighter than the naked eye.
Stryker stretcherThis stretcher smoothly and safely transports patients in and out of the aircraft, with foldable legs and the ability to attach all necessary monitoring devices.
Survival SuitVital for sea rescues, the immersion survival suit prevents hypothermia in cold water – keeping the crew dry and warm for two hours.
WinchThe winch is a lifeline for those lost at sea or in dense bush. When the helicopter can’t land, the flight paramedic is sent down the line to retrieve the patient.
Winch stretcherThe lightweight winch stretcher enables someone with a broken back or leg to be winched safely into the hovering helicopter above.
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