Thank you seems a very small word for giving us life.read more
New Zealand’s largest rescue helicopter trust, Philips Search and Rescue Trust operate six rescue helicopters based throughout the Central North Island.
Dispatched 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.
It could be you, your family, friends, staff or patrons that need us. Your support ensures that your local rescue helicopter is available in your community.
Hayley had been helping her parents move stock when one of the cows decided it had walked far enough. Within a split second, the animal turned and attacked.read more
Gordon Boyd was undergoing an operation when complications arose during the procedure. So out went an urgent call went out to the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter.read more
We Need You
The Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters can be airborne in 10 minutes, and in a life and death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. It is the timely assistance that the rescue helicopters provides that can reduce disability and improve survival - the sooner resuscitation and treatment begins the greater chance of patient recovery.
But the cost of this is huge. Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters do not receive any funding from the New Zealand Government. Your local rescue helicopter does have contracts with ACC, DHB and New Zealand Police, but this only covers 47% of the operating costs. This means 53% of this must come from the community.
Without community support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 basis, which would mean a serious delay in people being rescued, or transported to and from hospital facilities for urgent treatment.
Becoming a supporter of your local rescue helicopters means you will be making a life-saving difference in your community.
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene of a collision between a tanker truck and a car on SH1 in Tokoroa at around 10am, Thursday the 13th September.read more
The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on 9 September, during the afternoon, to Waihi Beach.read more
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched three times on the 9th and 10th of September.read more