Bases | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

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New Zealand’s largest search and rescue provider, Philips Search and Rescue Trust operates six rescue helicopters based throughout the Central North Island. Available through the emergency 111 call system, our rapid response rescue helicopters bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.

Waikato - King Country
Waikato Westpac
Rescue Helicopter
Bay of Plenty
Trustpower TECT
Rescue Helicopter
Rotorua - Bay of Plenty
BayTrust
Rescue Helicopter
Taupo - Central Plateau
Greenlea
Rescue Helicopter
Manawatu - Whanganui
Palmerston North
Rescue Helicopter

Waikato - King Country

Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 1987 and has touched the lives of almost 10,000 patients since its inception.

Based at the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter Hangar at the Waikato Hospital in Pembroke Street, Hamilton, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter provides a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Our full-time crew members contribute a diverse range of attributes and experience to our operation. Each member of the team bring a specialist skill set enhancing the safety and efficiency of our rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

Hangar: 07 839 8869

Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter Hangar
Waikato Hospital
Pembroke St
Hamilton

PO Box 9308
Hamilton 3240
Waikato Mail Centre

Team

Grant Bremner

Base Manager/Chief Pilot

Grant Bremner joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust as a pilot for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter in 1987. Almost part of the furniture, Grant is now Operations Manager at the Hamilton base. Even almost 30 years later, he loves his job and helping people in need.

Loren Haisley

Pilot

Loren Haisley joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2006.  Loren has been flying for over 30 years and prior to joining the Trust he spent 16 years as a US Military Pilot before choosing New Zealand as his adoptive country.

Dan Harcourt

Pilot

Dan Harcourt joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2004 and spent five years as the Base Manager for Taupo’s rescue helicopter. He loves working as a rescue pilot for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter. “It’s one of the great flying jobs that doesn’t require extensive time away from home.”

Bill McNeilly

Crewman/Crew Trainer

Bill McNeilly joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2011.  Bill has over four years experience as a helicopter crewman and winch operator.  He also holds the role of PSRT Crew Trainer, training both his fellow crew and other EMS personnel who are required to work with rescue helicopters.

Simon Burrows

Crewman

Simon Burrows joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in October 2015.  Simon brings over nine years flying experience to PSRT from his previous role as St John Paramedic.

Sponsors

Bay of Plenty

Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 2000 and has touched the lives of hundreds of patients since its inception.

Based at the Ian Pain Memorial Hangar at Tauranga Hospital the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter provides a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Our full-time crew members contribute a diverse range of attributes and experience to our operation. Each member of the team brings a specialist skill set enhancing the safety and efficiency of our rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

Hangar: 07 579 9898

Ian Pain Memorial Hangar
Tauranga Hospital
Tauranga

PO Box 9317
Greerton
Tauranga 3142

Team

Liam Brettkelly

Base Manager/Pilot

Liam Brettkelly joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2000.  With over 20 years flying experience, he loves being based in the beautiful Bay of Plenty doing a job that is interesting, challenging and highly rewarding.

Todd Dunham

Pilot

Once a qualified Fitter/Turner, Todd Dunham’s spontaneous trial flight in a helicopter spurred him on to follow his dreams of becoming a pilot. He joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2009 as a pilot for Palmerston North. He is now based in Tauranga as a pilot for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter and is a relief pilot for the other bases.

Sponsors

Rotorua - Bay of Plenty

BayTrust Rescue Helicopter

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 1992 and has touched the lives of hundreds of patients since its inception.

Based at Rotorua Hospital the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter provides a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Our full-time crew members contribute a diverse range of attributes and experience to our operation. Each member of the team bring a specialist skill set enhancing the safety and efficiency of our rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

Hangar: 07 348 8556

Rotorua Hospital
Cnr Arawa St & Pukeroa Rd
Rotorua

PO Box 2247
Rotorua 3040

Team

Barry Vincent

Base Manager/Chief Pilot

Barry ‘Bazza’ Vincent joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2010.  Bazza has over 15 years flying experience and in addition to flying and managing the Rotorua base he also holds the position of VFR Chief Pilot for the Trust.

 

Ben Fry

Pilot

Ben Fry joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust as a rescue helicopter pilot in October 2014.  Prior to joining the Trust, Ben spent eight years agricultural flying commercial work and fire fighting thrown into the mix. He worked for three years in Indonesia doing precision longline work.

Sponsors

Taupo - Central Plateau

Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 1985 and has touched the lives of thousands of patients since its inception.

Based at Anzac Memorial Drive in Taupo the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter provides a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Our full-time crew members contribute a diverse range of attributes and experience to our operation. Each member of the team bring a specialist skill set enhancing the safety and efficiency of our rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

Hangar: 07 377 8070

1105 Anzac Memorial Drive
Taupo

PO Box 856
Taupo 3351

Team

Nat Every

Base Manager/Pilot

Nat Every joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2010.  With over 15 years of flying experience, Nat enjoys working with a great bunch of dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic people in the Taupo community.

Sponsors

Manawatu - Whanganui

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 1991 and has touched the lives of thousands of patients since its inception.

Based at Palmerston North Hospital, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter provides a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Our full-time crew members contribute a diverse range of attributes and experience to our operation. Each member of the team bring a specialist skill set enhancing the safety and efficiency of our rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

Hangar: 06 350 8014

Palmerston North Hospital
Palmerston North

PO Box 593
Palmerston North 4440

Team

Chris Moody

Base Manager/Pilot

Chris Moody comes from a military background with 29 years as a commissioned officer. He first joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2001 as a rescue helicopter pilot. After three years of service he left, only to return in 2012 as Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter Base Manager.

Lance Burns

Pilot

When Lance Burns first joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2012, he’d already had six years of flying helicopters under his belt. He enjoys the wide range of skills being a rescue helicopter pilot requires and having the opportunity to help people when they really need it.

Kevin Dalzell

Crewman

Kevin ‘Diesel’ Dalzell joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2015.  A volunteer crewman with the Trust for 10 years, Kevin now holds the role of Crew Chief for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.

 

Graeme Spiers

Crewman

After seven years of volunteer crewing for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Graeme ‘Spearszy’ Spiers has become a full-time member of the crew. With 28 years experience as a firefighter in Command and Control and Motor Vehicle extraction techniques, Graeme brings a unique skill set to his role.

Sponsors

We Need You

Community generosity powers Philips Search and Rescue Trust. The aircraft fleet and life-saving search and rescue feats performed by our crew could not be possible without the ongoing financial support of our Friends members, communities, sponsors and partners.

Collectively, funds generated through the community and sponsorship cover half of the annual expenses required to operate our rescue helicopters in each region; without this extremely generous contribution our life-saving service would not exist.

There are a variety of ways to support our critical search and rescue service, to learn about your options, check out our get involved page

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