Rescue Warriors Raise over $100,000

Ashburton’s Rescue Warriors return triumphant with life-saving donation for rescue helicopter   The Rescue Warriors, Bruce Kell, David Keeley, Willy Leferink, and Warren Harris – four farmers from Ashburton – have raised over $100,000 for the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, by pedalling the length of New Zealand from Northland to Bluff. Today (Thursday […]

BUSINESS SUPPORT CREW – April 2022 Update

Business Support Crew marks milestone A significant milestone was recorded in 2021 when, for the first time, the crew flew over 1,000 missions. If we go back 10 years, this means a 60 percent increase in mission numbers across Canterbury and the West Coast. There are several factors behind the ongoing increase. Clearly population growth […]

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Team visits Christchurch

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Team visits Christchurch On the 20th of September we welcomed Auckland’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter team to GCH Aviation’s Christchurch operations base to refuel after they transported a patient from the North Island to Christchurch Hospital.  Everyone was masked up and socially distant as at this time Auckland was still in Level 4 lockdown. […]

Thank You Isaac Construction

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Thank you Isaac Construction The work of the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Service would not be possible without the generous support of our business supporters. We are pleased to announce a new business partnership with Isaac Construction and we are incredibly grateful for their support. We thank the leadership team, staff and trustees for their support […]

World Patient Safety Day

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World Patient Safety Day In September we celebrated World Patient Safety Day – the call for global solidarity and concerted action by all countries and international partners to improve patient safety. The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, GCH Aviation and our air ambulance teams have a strong focus on patient safety. What this means […]

Lindsay Foundation joins the Trust

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Lindsay Foundation joins the Trust  The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust is privileged to announce and welcome the Lindsay Foundation as its newest Community Partner. With their mission to support individuals and organisations making a positive difference in New Zealand, the Lindsay Foundation has generously chosen to support the Canterbury and West Coast Rescue […]

Rescue Crew Training 2021

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Crew Training In addition to the usual case load of trauma and acute illness, hospital transfers and Search and Rescue operations, the helicopter crews continue to train in preparedness for when the next call comes in.  All 43 crew, Intensive Care Paramedics, Crewmen and Pilots, train year-round to be fully equipped to deal with the […]

July, August, September 2021 Mission Stats

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279 missions across the quarter Despite the country being in lockdown, mission numbers increased compared to this time last year, with the crews attending 246 missions through July, August, and September. This is a 21 percent increase in mission numbers compared to the previous year.  Across both regions, July was the busiest month for the […]

Thank You Lindsay Foundation

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Thank You Lindsay Foundation The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust is privileged to announce and welcome the Lindsay Foundation as its newest Community Partner. With their mission to support individuals and organisations making a positive difference in New Zealand, the Lindsay Foundation has generously chosen to support the Canterbury and West Coast Rescue Helicopter […]