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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

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 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Our pilots, crew and intensive care paramedics 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

Stu Callow

Crewman

Stuart has been with us for almost 2 months now. His work history includes 8 years as a Blacksmith, 1 year at Skyworks and he volunteered for the New Zealand Fire Service for 3, ½ years. Stu has a passion for aviation and rescue work, he is driven to help people in his community and be a part of such a critical life-saving service.

Dave Jackson

Crewman

Dave joined the Trust in May this year. He recently worked for the St John Ambulance for 12 years as an Emergency Medical Technician/Front-line Ambulance Officer. He was inspired to join the trust because of the rescue team environment and is grateful to be able to make a difference in his community.

Rick Elms

Intensive Care Paramedic

Rick brings a wealth of experience with him upon joining  Philips Search and Rescue Trust. He spent 21 years with the St John Ambulance in Auckland, qualified as an Intensive Care Paramedic and was then quickly contracted to ASPEN Medical and spent a few years as a flight medic mainly in the Solomon Islands working along-side the Australian Federal Police and Special Tactical Group.

Tony Hohepa

Intensive Care Paramedic

Tony started with the Trust in June 2019. He is an Ex-Military man of 12 years, who also specialists in high rope rescues. He became an Intensive Care Paramedic in 2011.

Andy Windle

Intensive Care Paramedic

Andy joined the Trust in June 2019. He began his career as a medic in 2006 working for St. John in Mount Manganui/Tauranga. Andy is excited to begin this new career with the Waikato team, working alongside professional medics, crewman and pilots in the aviation field.

Brody Macbeth

Intensive Care Paramedic

Brody Macbeth joined the Trust in June 2019. He started working for the St John Ambulance Service in 1998 and served throughout the Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Waikato.  He also has worked for Air Ambulance New Zealand and Australia and Offshore Marine Services.

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.

Loren Haisley

Base Manager/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.

Grant Bremner

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.

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

Intensive Care Paramedic

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

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 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Our pilots, crew and intensive care paramedics 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.

Hendry de Waal

Pilot

Hendry is a familiar face for the Trust as he worked at the Taupo base from May 2008 till Nov 2011. A very experienced pilot, he has flown the Police Eagle Helicopter for almost 2 years and has been flying in Indonesia for the last 6 years. He is grateful to be able to help people who need the rescue helicopter service.

Iain Gulliford

Crewman

 

Dave Harrison

Intensive Care Paramedic

Dave began his career working as an intensive care paramedic for St John Ambulance in 2007. He was based in both Auckland and Tauranga as well as work for 3 years as a paramedicine lecturer at AUT University in Auckland. He feels extremely humbled and privileged to be in a position where you can directly impact people’s lives.

Gillian Gates

Intensive Care Paramedic

Before joining the Trust, Gillian started her career as an Emergency Medical Technician in Auckland with the St John Ambulance Service.  After completing her paramedic degree in 2010, she then became an Intensive Care Paramedic. She is humbled to be in a role that provides immediate and direct service to the community.

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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 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Our pilots, crew and intensive care paramedics 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 within the Taupo community.

Mark Bond

Crewman

Bondy, a long-time volunteer for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter recently gained fulltime employment with the Trust in December 2018. He was inspired to work for the trust after crewing on a helicopter for Police Search and Rescue, he knew he wanted to continue working in an industry he loved.

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.

 

Heath Gillot

Crewman

Heath started his journey with the Trust in early January 2019. In 2008 he started studying and working for Emergency Ambulance Services in South Africa. In 2014 he became the senior flight paramedic on an Augusta A119ke helicopter and was trained  as the hoist operator and aircrewman for the South African Red Cross Mercy Services. He moved over from South Africa with his family in order to serve the community and to be a part of the development and growth within the organisation.

Rob Keating

Intensive Care Paramedic

Rob previously worked in South Africa as a Flight Paramedic from 1995 – 2003, then immigrated to New Zealand in 2008. He then went on to work for the St John Ambulance in Rotorua, Whangarei, and Taupo. Rob is passionate about aviation medicine, he feels privileged to be apart of significant community service.

Tony More

Intensive Care Paramedic

Tony joined the Trust in April 2019. He previously worked for the St John Ambulance for 15 years and in that time completed a lot of helicopter work within the Central Plateau District. The opportunity to take a fulltime position with the trust was too good to overlook, tony has enjoyed every minute so far.

Libbie Faith

Crewman

Libbie joined the Trust in July 2019. Libbie previously worked on an offshore oil rig off in Australia for 8 years. She has a passion for helping people and wanted to further her knowledge by moving into the aeromedical side of emergency services and learn a new skill set as a Crewman.

Sponsors

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Helicopter service was founded in 1991 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, crew and intensive care paramedics contribute a diverse range of attributes and experience to our operation. Each member of the team brings a specialist skillset, enhancing the safety and efficiency of rescue missions.

General Enquiries: 0800 11 10 10

PO Box 370
Palmerston North Central
Palmerston North 4440

Team

Mike Garrett

Base Manager/Pilot

Mike began his career as a pilot in 2001, training in Christchurch. He worked in the Air Force for 15 years as a helicopter pilot, prior to joining the trust in December 2018.

Chris Moody

Chief Operating Officer

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.

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.

Neil Chappell

Intensive Care Paramedic

Neil started with the Trust in April 2019, he trained and operated as a Crewman in the RNZAF base at Ohakea – served for 12 years, 5 years as a crewman on both Aguster A109 and NH09 helicopters.

 

Felicity Lallier

Intensive Care Paramedic

Felicity joined the Trust in March 2019. She started her ambulance career in the USA and then moved to New Zealand to carry on working as an Intensive Care Paramedic for St John Ambulance for 8 years.

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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.

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