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Available through the emergency 111 call system, our rapid response rescue helicopters bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and trauma-trained intensive care paramedics directly to the patient. Providing timely assistance can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner resuscitation and treatment begins, the greater the chance of patient recovery.

An experienced professional crew of pilots, paramedics, and crewmen respond in a life and death situation with speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive urgent medical treatment whilst en-route to a medical facility. 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 13,000 patients.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter services the Waikato, Coromandel and King Country region in the North Island. Providing a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Providing a fully-fledged air emergency medical service with the employment of our own full-time experienced Intensive Care Paramedics (ICP), Crewman and Pilots. Our crews offer 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 9308
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240

Team

Muir Wallace

Medical Director

Muir is currently an Emergency Physician at Waikato Hospital. He has an extensive background in trauma and emergency medicine with a special interest in disaster medicine and preparedness. .

Mike Adair

Pilot

Mike began his career in 2007 working for the Royal New Zealand Defence Force working with squadron No.3. He was inspired to join the Trust because of his love for flying helicopters, working in service of New Zealand and as a part of a cohesive and capable team.

Spence Putwain

Pilot

Spence a pilot with a wealth of experience is a familiar face to the Trust as he previously flew for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter back in 1989 – 1991. He has been flying since the early 1980s, and since then has been self-employed, and worked for the likes of DOC, Airwork – Wellington and Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters, Child Flight Fixed Wing, Air New Zealand, and the Northland Emergency Service Trust.

Mo Shaik

Crewman

Mo started with the Trust in November 2019. He worked in South Africa on the ambulance for a private service both in the rural and urban environments before getting an opportunity to work for the South African Red Cross Air Mercy Service. His love for aviation grew and being able to combine work that involves making a difference in people’s lives really appealed to him.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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TECT Rescue Helicopter

The TECT Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 2000 and has touched the lives of more than a thousand patients.

The TECT Rescue Helicopter services the Coastal Bay of Plenty region in the North Island. Providing a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Providing a fully-fledged air emergency medical service with the employment of our own full-time experienced Intensive Care Paramedics (ICP), Crewman and Pilots. Our crews offer 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 14077
Tauranga Mail Centre
Tauranga 3143

Team

Aeron Mellish

Crewman

Aeron joined the Trust in February 2020. Beginning her career in 2015 for the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a Helicopter Loadmaster. Aeron enjoys being a part of a close-knit team with likeminded individuals, in a challenging yet rewarding environment.

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 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 prior to this was flying in Indonesia for 6 years. He is grateful to be able to help people who need the rescue helicopter service.

Iain Gulliford

Crewman

Iain has been working with the Trust as a full-time employee since December 2018. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter and continued to work for Fire and Emergency New Zealand for 15 years. He then became a volunteer crewman onboard the Rotorua Rescue Helicopter at the beginning of 2017.

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 more than 5,000 patients.

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter services the Central Plateau and Lakes region across the Central North Island. Providing a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Providing a fully-fledged air emergency medical service with the employment of our own full-time experienced Intensive Care Paramedics (ICP), Crewman and Pilots. Our crews offer 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 1655
Taupo 3551

Team

Nigel Bryant

Intensive Care Paramedic

Nigel joined the Trust in April 2019. He began his paramedicine career in South Africa in 1990, he has since then worked all around the world – Botswana, Namibia, East Timor, Solomon Islands, and Australia.  Nigel understands that aeromedical work requires specialized skills and knowledge which the trust recognises with the employment of flight paramedics.

Bernie McQueen

Pilot

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Pete Masters

Pilot

A long-time pilot for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, Pete Masters joined the Trust in 1990. Pete is a very experienced helicopter pilot, prior to joining the Trust he flew helicopters commercially and has been in the industry for over 40+ years.

 

 

 

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Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 1991 and has touched the lives of more than nine thousand patients and counting.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter services the Manawatu and Whanganui region in the North Island. Providing a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Providing a fully-fledged air emergency medical service with the employment of our own full-time experienced Intensive Care Paramedics (ICP), Crewman and Pilots. Our crews offer 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

Ross Murrell

Pilot

Ross began his career as an agricultural pilot in New Zealand in 1992, leading on to spraying in Australia. He is new to full-time emergency medical service flying but has experience in search and rescue and medevac missions. Ross was inspired to join the Trust as he was seeking a change in the type of work he was performing. He was offered the opportunity to give back to the local Manawatu/Whanganui community.

Nick Stratton

Pilot

Nick joined the Trust in November 2019. He previously worked for Gisborne Helicopters as a groundcrew and later became a pilot in the Gisborne and Wairoa area from 2010-2018. Nick was inspired to join the Trust after his father in law was involved in an accident that required the rescue helicopter in Pahiatua.

Dewet Pienaar

Intensive Care Paramedic

Dewet joined the Trust in October 2019. He started his career on the Western side of Johannesburg, South Africa as a critical care Paramedic. Then took on the challenge of joining Aspen on the West side of Africa as a Fixed Wing Intensive Care Paramedic.

Mike Garrett

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

Base Manager & 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

Crewman

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 Agusta A109 and NH90 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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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.

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