“An emergency call comes through. The Christchurch Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew are dispatched to a serious accident on a fishing boat off the coast of Westport. Rescue Pilot Kent briefs his colleague Regan; an offshore mission requires 2 Pilots for safety. While the clinical crew, Mike and Kath prepare, Kent studies the weather forecast, working out how long it will take to get to Westport and the best route, and calculating the fuel requirements. When they arrive in Westport, they will need to land to re-configure the helicopter for winching and for the crew to put on their immersion suits.
The crew need to get in the air and to the patient as quickly as possible.
Time is of the essence.”
Our latest campaign features the highly skilled Rescue Pilots who operate Canterbury’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the West Coast NZCC Rescue Helicopter. All of our Rescue Pilots have many years of experience in a diverse range of flying conditions, and have amassed thousands of flight hours – making them some of the best Pilots in New Zealand.
Training for boat winching, alpine rescue, night operations flight competency and operational checks are essential to safety and saving lives. This is why we need your help to raise $186,000 so the crew are rescue ready.
“We have absolute trust in each other that comes with experience and also training,” says Stu Farquhar, Pilot and Operations Manager of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. You can read more about Stu and his life as a Rescue Pilot here.
To find out more about the training requirements, read the full campaign here.