The missions have ranged from pre hospital emergencies to inter hospital transfers.
Due to the overlap in mission requests the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter’s fellow Philips Search and Rescue Trust rescue helicopters been able to assist to ensure all missions where carried out.
Missions of note; flying into the Te Urewera settlement of Ruatahuna on Thursday night, to retrieve two patients. Both patients were treated by the on board paramedic before being transported to Rotorua Hospital for further specialist treatment.
Then on Friday night, flying to Whakapapa, to transfer a man with a shoulder injury. The man was taken to Waikato Hospital for treatment. Upon arriving back to the Rotorua base the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was once again dispatched to Te Kaha to retrieve a 5 year old local boy who needed to be flown to Whakatane Hospital for further specialist care.
All of the mentioned missions have been at night requiring the use of Night Vision equipment.
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