A busy time for the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A busy time for the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter

On Friday 29 June at 3 pm, the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Starship Hospital to retrieve a 6-month-old local boy, back to Rotorua Hospital.  Because of the time-sensitive care the boy required, the rescue helicopter was the most efficient way to bring him back to Rotorua.

The following morning, the rescue helicopter was involved with an Open Day for Fire and Emergency New Zealand at the National Training Centre in Rotorua.  As the helicopters involvement was coming to an end, the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was urgently tasked to a man who had collapsed on a local walking track.
Both jobs illustrate how efficient the rescue helicopter is at getting the right care and equipment to patients requiring help.

Philips Rescue Helicopters, Bay Trust Rotorua BOP Rescue Helicopter, Tuesday 2 May 2017. Photo: Stephen Barker/Barker Photography.©Philips Search & Rescue Trust

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