A busy day for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A busy day for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 9 am on Friday 9 March to a motor vehicle accident on State Highway 3, Piopio, where a tractor and an SUV had collided.

Two women sustained serious injuries and were flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment. One other patient sustained injuries and was transported to Waikato Hospital via road ambulance.

The rescue helicopter was then dispatched at 11 am to another motor vehicle accident neat Wairakei, Taupo. A 22-year-old man sustained injuries and was flown to Waikato Hospital.

The rescue helicopter was then dispatched to Taumarunui at midday, where a local woman with a cardiac condition required urgent medical treatment. She was flown to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.

Then at 5 pm, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched once again. This time to transport a patient with a cardiac condition from Taranaki Hospital to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.

We Need You

It could be you, your family, friends, staff or patrons that need us. Your support ensures the rescue helicopters are available in your community.

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.

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