A mixed bag for Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A mixed bag for Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter completed five missions and conducted Search and Rescue Hoist training during the period 15 to 21 February 2016.

The missions were as follows:

Monday  15 February 2016

A morning mission to Taihape for a motor vehicle accident involving two cars. One of the patients, a woman in her 30’s, was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital. The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter transported a second patient. from the scene.

Tuesday 16 February 2016

A morning mission to a property near Foxton for a man in his 70’s injured in a quad bike accident. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital. Later that afternoon, the helicopter was dispatched to Taihape for a man in his 20’s with a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.

Wednesday 17 February 2016

An afternoon mission to Taihape for a man in his 50’s with a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.

Saturday 20 February 2016

A late evening mission to Ohakune for a woman in her 50’s injured when she was knocked down by a horse. She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital. The mission was completed with the aid of Night Vision Goggles (NVGs).

Taihape-Napier-IPT-Palmerston-North-Rescue Helicopter

About Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.

Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.

Philips Search & Rescue Trust operates:

Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Waikato King Country

Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Bay of Plenty

BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, Rotorua – Bay of Plenty

Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, Taupo – Central Plateau

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Manawatu – Whanganui

Westpac Air Ambulance (Fixed wing), Nationwide

More life-saving missions your donations help fund

Van versus motorcyclist, Te Aroha
Heart attack in Matarangi
Te Puke farmer in quad bike roll over

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