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 crews, who were tasked to 111 emergency call-outs across Canterbury and the West Coast. 44% of missions were for accident/trauma related incidents, 40% were to attend medical emergencies, 8% of missions were inter-hospital patient transfers and 8% were Search and Rescue operations. 23 missions required the use of night vision goggles and 3 missions involved winching patients on board for their flight to hospital.
A total of 518 hours were flown across the quarter, with 56 rescue missions occurring after hours. CHCH Air 2 was required 18 times during the period, which underscores the importance of having two operational helicopters and crew available on base in Christchurch. As the winter weather took hold, July was the busiest month for the Greymouth-based crew who clocked over 70 flight hours during the month.