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Rescue helicopters are always rescue ready, and can be airborne in 10 minutes. In life or death situations this speed and agility can make all the difference. It is this timely assistance that can reduce disability and improve chances of survival- the sooner treatment begins the greater chance of patient recovery. In fact, in most instances rescue helicopters reduce travel time by more than three-quarters in comparison to a road ambulance.

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Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter
Greenlea Rescue Helicopter
Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 1987 and has touched the lives of more than 10,000 patients.

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

Our pilots and crew 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 rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

PO Box 9308
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240

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. Over 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.”

Charlie Beetham

Pilot

Charlie Beetham joined Philips Search and Rescue Trust in 2017 after spending six years as base manager and pilot with the rescue helicopter in Hawkes Bay. Prior to flying rescue helicopters, Charlie spent 14 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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.

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Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 2000 and has touched the lives of thousands of patients.

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

Our pilots and crew 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 rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

PO Box 14077
Tauranga Mail Centre
Tauranga 3143

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.

Barry Vincent

VFR 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 for the Tauranga base, he also holds the position of VFR Chief Pilot for the Trust.

Leigh Sefton

Crewman

Leigh Sefton volunteered as a rescue swimmer for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter for 12 years, followed by four years as a volunteer crewman. We welcomed Leigh on board as a full time crewman in 2017.

Callan Carn-Bennett

Crew

Callan Carn-Bennett volunteered with the Rotorua based rescue helicopter for a year before joining the Tauranga team, in 2017, as a full-time crewman.

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Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

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

Based at Taupo Airport, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter provides a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Our pilots and crew 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 rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

PO Box 1655
Taupo 3551

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.

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.

 

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Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Helicopter service was founded in 1985 and has touched the lives of thousands of patients.

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

Our pilots and crew 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 rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

PO Box 370
Palmerston North Central
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.

Kelley Waite

Crewman

Kelley joined PSRT in 2016 after a 16-year career in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. After moving into a civilian career, she was inspired by friends who were already in a crewman role. The opportunity to help people in need was the main driver to pursue a career as a rescue helicopter crewman.

 

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.

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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.

The cost of this is huge. Your rescue helicopter has contracts with ACC, DHB’s and NZ police, providing approximately 50% of the operating costs. This means the remaining 50% of funding must come from the community.

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 life saving difference.

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