Kirsty Mann

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First female West Coast Crew Member: Kirsty Mann Briefly describe your professional history (past education/jobs) I’m originally from Scotland and travelled to New Zealand in 2005 after finishing university. I began volunteering with St John ambulance in Queenstown the following year and started working full time as an ambulance officer in 2008. I completed a […]

Chris Harrison


Departing Canterbury Crew Member: Chris Harrison Briefly describe your professional history (past education/jobs) Diploma in Ambulance Practice Bachelor of Health Science; Paramedicine Post Graduate Certificate Advanced Resuscitation Post Graduate Certificate Aeromedical Retrieval Intensive Care Paramedic – Hawke’s Bay then Auckland Specialist Emergency Response Team Shift Supervisor 3x winter secondments to Mt Ruapehu Qualified Surf Lifeguard […]

Canterbury H145 Landing Trolley Arrival


New landing trolley for the H145 Westpac Rescue Helicopter The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust and GCH Aviation were excited to take delivery of a new landing trolley for the H145 Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Purchase of the state-of-the-art motorised trolley with hydraulic vertical lift function was made possible by a generous grant from Air […]

West Coast- May Mission Report


West Coast- May Mission Report The month of May saw the West Coast Crew respond to 16 missions in total. The Crew were tasked to 12 medical events, 4 accidents and 1 inter-hospital transfer throughout the month. Mission statistics slightly differed from recent monthly trends, the majority of call- outs for the West Coast Crew […]

Canterbury- May Mission Report


May Mission Report- Canterbury The month of May saw the Canterbury crew respond to 29 missions in total. Mission statistics for the month were consistent with recent monthly trends; the majority of callouts for the Canterbury Crew were responding to accidents (52%). Medical events (21%) and inter-hospital transfers (27%) made up the remaining 48% of […]

H145 Rescue Helicopter Landing Trolley Update

Check out some images of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s new  progress of the landing trolley being constructed by the team at Quality Machining Ltd in Greymouth.  The fully motorised trolley also has hydraulic vertical lift function, allowing the Crew to tilt the H145 when refueling. Among its many benefits, the new, larger landing trolley will […]

New ventilator on the West Coast!


“We have been very lucky to have support from Mitre 10 in Greymouth for many years. Dave Smith and his team have been there so many times when we have needed essential equipment. In this case I visited Dave with Stu Drake and Hernan Holliday, crew from the ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter, Hernan, an Intensive […]