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Meet the team

Jodie Burton
Photography: Lindsay Keats

Job with Life Flight:

Helicopter and Fixed-Wing Crewman

How long have you worked for Life Flight?

Since September 2016

What attracted you to this job?

Working on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter for Life Flight in Wellington is in my opinion as good as it gets if you're interested in an aeromedical career with a great professional organisation.

What’s the best part of the job?

The feeling of being part of a successful team contributing to saving lives is extremely rewarding. Working in close proximity to Spruce Goose and their exceptional coffee is also an added bonus!

What’s the hardest part?

Like any emergency services work, you're often with people during their worst and most difficult moments, which can be hard.

Describe a memorable mission?

With Life Flight - probably being involved in the mission in which the firefighter required assistance after rescuing the cat from the tree.

What was the main thing that stood out for you when you started working here?

Two things: how consistently well the team does in the Dom Post quiz each morning, and also how passionate everyone is about their role with Lifeflight.

What work did you do before coming here?

I took a 'gap year' after school which turned into a decade of guiding and instructing in the outdoor industry both in NZ and overseas. I then spent a few years studying to get degrees in Nursing and Paramedicine and have worked as a nurse and paramedic over the last few years.

Where did you grow up?

Some people say I haven't grown up yet, but I spent my school years in Queenstown and Wanaka before travelling and working around the world.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I'm loving exploring new mountain biking trails around the area, and now that the ocean is on the doorstep the plan is to become a world class surfer. Also loving the awesome coffee everywhere you go in Wellington!

What is something our supporters might be surprised to find out about you?

I was the first person to ski backwards from top to bottom of the southernmost ski area in the world (Scott Base, Antarctica). Nobody has claimed they have done this before me (yet!).

What would you like to say to our wonderful supporters?

Thank you so much for the ongoing support, it's because of you that we are able to continue saving lives, and help those in need. Thank You