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Two missions to Waihi for the TECT Rescue Helicopter

The TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched around midday to Waihi to help a 21-month-old in respiratory distress. The boy’s condition was stabilized by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic. He was urgently flown with his grandmother to Waikato Hospital for medical assessment. At approximately 4:30 pm the TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to a 4-year-old male […]

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Otorohanga MVA

On Saturday, April 17, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter attended to a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle in Otorohanga.

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“Forget anything except a helicopter”

“A gloriously beautiful day,” is how Fay Selby-Law describes her climb up Tauhara Mountain. After drinking in ‘amazing views,’ Fay and her daughter, Mihi, took a literal drink in a little stream during descent.  One slip on a steep gradient was all it took, and the gloriously beautiful day disintegrated in a split second.

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Thank you for making this mission possible

Imagine yourself feeling uncharacteristically off-colour, wanting to see a doctor, but having to navigate social distance protocols and covid screening at the emergency centre. This was Phil Bowyer’s experience when he almost collapsed at home after a shower.

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We Need You

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

Support your rescue helicopter and make a lifesaving difference.

Saving Lives, Together.

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