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Meet the team

Job with Life Flight
Helicopter Crewman

How long have you worked for Life Flight?
Since February 2015

What work did you do before coming to Life Flight?
Prior to that I worked for several heli operators in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, working on wildfires, utilities, aerial crane and logging operations. 

What attracted you to this job?
Crewing a rescue helicopter always looked like the pinnacle of the industry, using the best equipment and flying with the best pilots and crew to do the most important job in the world. I can't think of a more satisfying way to make a living.

What is the best part of the job?
Meeting the daily challenge. There are never two missions that are the same, so problem solving and creative thinking go a long way to completing the job. Getting a really challenging winch or hover exit is great. 

What is the hardest part of the job?
Any time we deal with little babies that are not doing well is pretty difficult.

What was the main thing that stood out for you when you started working here?
There are a lot of checks and maintenance to do on a daily basis, as well as continued study for pre-hospital medicine. 

What do you do when you're not at work?
Surf, when the ocean is in my favour. Also running and swimming.

What would you like to say to our wonderful supporters?
We are lucky enough to have a lot of people come visit us after we have flown them in the helicopter. A lot will end up being friends of the Trust, helping with fundraising and stopping in for coffee whenever they are nearby. So a big thank you to all who help!