AsureQuality Map Project
TOGETHER, we can save lives.
The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust is extremely proud to partner with AsureQuality, as we share a common safety interest and a real appreciation of what it means to live and work in the South Island.
AsureQuality’s AgriBase is used by our rural communities for hazard preparedness and disaster recovery. All farmholders across Canterbury and the West Coast are receiving a map of their property and stock/crop details – requesting that this key information be updated so Emergency Services and first responders are better able to serve the community in the event of an emergency or biosecurity response. Everyone who returns their map will go into a draw to win a scenic helicopter ride for two from Garden City Helicopters.
The Trust is asking every rural resident to help be prepared by going the extra step and making a lifesaving donation.
Every day the Rescue Helicopters and Crew watch over the lives of over 600,000 Kiwis as they go about their daily business; tending to their farms, moving cattle, out on tractors, ploughing the land and also exploring, having adventures and spending time with family.
Due to COVID-19 there has been a significant drop in funding from grants, business support and community fundraising, and so the service currently needs $250,000 to keep saving lives this year.
By making a donation today, when you or your family are out working or playing, you can have peace of mind that if anything happens the Rescue Helicopter will be there, at any time, day or night, to help.
The immediate response from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter saved Andrew’s leg.
Just before the COVID-19 lockdown, Andrew Hurst and his family came to the GCH Aviation Emergency Air Centre in Christchurch to meet the crew that were on duty the day of Andrew's accident at his farm near Fairlie. It had been a normal day for Andrew. Having returned from a bull auction he was driving a 2-wheeler round his farm, a mixture of sheep and beef; everything seemed to be in order and it was time to head home. In a split second he was under a Hilux that he had not seen coming from the other direction. Initially in a state of shock Andrew did not realise the extent of his injuries and tried to wriggle out on his front. Fortunately, a worker on the farm called 111 and help was dispatched.
In situations like this the only option is the Rescue Helicopter.
SAVING LIVES 24/7 - 365 days a year.
It can be terrifying to suffer a serious accident or medical emergency far from help. In these moments, the Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the West Coast ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter are a life-line; your life-line.
Tatsu, the Intensive Care Paramedic on duty that day recalled:
“At the scene, I was literally holding Andrews leg together, it was completely shattered.”
“We put him onto a temporary cardboard splint, but it soon became drenched in blood, we looked at applying a tourniquet but knew that yes that would stem the blood flow, but it would also significantly increase the chance of Andrew losing his leg.” When Tatsu met Andrew at the base he had a look of utter astonishment on his face; Andrew shouted out to him, “I still have it!” They were talking about Andrew’s leg and soon Tatsu was admiring the handiwork of the surgeon.
Andrew spent many weeks in hospital and at Burwood; he has had over 10 surgeries altogether. Andrew is pragmatic though; it was an unfortunate accident that could have happened to anyone, he just feels so blessed he got the help he needed, and quickly.
Not deterred by his situation Andrew has been very busy indeed, organising a fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the Fairlie Community Centre - supported by his local farming community.
Many lives have been, and will be, saved by the Rescue Helicopter but this would not be the case without the ongoing support of our community. Your donation today will help get the chopper off the ground, out to the rural and remote areas, right across Canterbury and the West Coast.
On behalf of patients just like Andrew - patients who will directly benefit from your support – thank you.
TOGETHER, we can save lives.