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Welcoming to the team…

We are very excited to welcome on two new members of the team, Rose-Marie Schiavuzzi and Kendall Green. Rose-Marie has come on board as our Development Manager and Kendall as a Marketing and Fundraising Executive.  Rose-Marie has worked in Corporate Sponsorship for many years both here in New Zealand and Australia. Her roles have focused on […]

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Rescue Crew Update

No matter the weather, no matter the time, the rescue crew are always ready. Staying rescue ready is a theme the crew focuses heavily on.  Always being prepared to fly out to help people in need at a moments notice is the top priority. September has been no different for the crew, and the transition […]

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Business Support Crew Event

Last month we hosted a Business Support Crew Event, held at the GCH Aviation Air Emergency Centre. We welcomed over 120 guests and enjoyed presentations from Trust CEO, Christine Prince, Bryce Williamson (a patient), and the crew. Patients, their families and close friends were invited to come and meet the generous Business Support Crew. We are […]

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Westpac Champion Business Awards

The Trust was very proud to be a finalist at this year’s Westpac Champion Business Awards. The Business Awards celebrate excellence, innovation, and success of businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the Canterbury region. The Trust was fortunate enough to be a finalist in the “Champion Community Impact Award – Medium/Large Scale Enterprise” category. Although we […]

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Open Day 2.0

Open Day excitement is starting to build! If you haven’t heard already, our Air Rescue and Emergency Services Open Day is gearing up to be a huge event next month. On Sunday 28th October we invite you to join the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Crew and other local Emergency Services for an action-packed day! We have […]

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Ballin’ for a Cause

Olivia Ellis organised a charity ball – Ballin’ for a Cause – held at The Cuban last month. The event raised $7,200 for the Christchurch Westpac Rescue Helicopter, a service close to Olivia and her family’s heart after her brother was flown from Ashburton to Christchurch Hospital in 2014. Olivia visited the rescue helicopter base […]

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Ski Season Update

The busy summer period has given way to the cooler months, but there has been no let-up for the crew of Christchurch’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The lower temperatures and changeable weather conditions have all played a part in keeping the Rescue Helicopter service busy over the winter months —and with this year’s early snow the service has been busy helping people on the mountains.
Since the season opened in June, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been tasked to 37 ski and snowboard related incidents at fields across Canterbury. As anticipated, ski field related accidents are peaking during August – with 10 incidents responded to in the last 2 weeks.
The youngest patient was a 6 year-old male with a fractured tibia/fibula and the oldest was a 68 year-old female with a fractured humerus. Fractures and breaks make up the majority of snow-related injuries, 25 in total, with knee, humerus, clavicle, and wrist injuries being the most common point of impact. Other incidents included 7 patients with concussions, 3 patients with spinal injuries, 1 patient with an open wound and 1 patient suffering multi-system trauma. All patients were transported to Christchurch Hospital for treatment.
“Being extra safety conscious on the mountain never goes amiss,” says Crew Chief Rick Knight. “Knowing your limits, being aware of the conditions and wearing a helmet are just the basic safety precautions when enjoying the slopes this winter.”
The ski season is set to finish within the next couple of months and to date, mission numbers are tracking slightly higher than 2017.
Please take care when travelling to and from the ski fields this winter – so you can enjoy the rest of the season.