The NZCC rescue helicopter crew have attended 56 jobs between April- Mid July.
In the month of April the crew attended 12 emergency callouts. NVG goggles were used on 5 occasions, including on a mission to retrieve a hiker with severe burns from Mckay hutt. The mission took 4.5 hours to complete, making it one of the longest EMS flights during the month.
Mission locations included; Greymouth, Westport, Parata Stream, Doubtful River, Styx River, Fairdown Road, Speculation Range, Crow Hutt, Hari Hari, Buller Hospital, Fox Glacier and James Mckay Hutt on the Heaphy Track.
May was another comparatively quiet month for the crew, attending just 11 jobs to Westport, Hari Hari, Greymouth and Buller Hospital. The mission tally was dominated by inter-hospital transfers, of which the crew completed 5. Additional missions the crew attended throughout the month involved patients suffering from abdominal pain, stroke, pneumonia and an asthma attack.
The arrival of Winter bought the expected increase in emergecny callpurs, with 27 missions completed in June. The crew flew 19 inter-hospital transfers to hospitals around the West Coast region. The winch was required for 3 missions and the NVGs for 8 missions. The shortest mission lasted 30 minutes and the longest 3.1 hours. The youngest patient was a 3 year old and the oldest a 90 year old.
So far in the month of July the crew have attended 5 missions. 3 of these missions have been after hours callouts, meaning they took place between 5pm-7am. The crew attended a patient suffering diabetic complications as well as a multi vehicle accident where a patient sustained knee injuries. Mission locations the crew attended include Mokihinui, Westport Hospital, Waitaha and Hokitika.