Busy start to the week for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy start to the week for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched three times on the 9th and 10th of September.

The first mission was at 4.30pm on the 9th September to Levin where an 8 year old boy had suffered a serious head injury as a result of being hit by a car.

The boy was stabilised at the scene by the Onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Wellington Hospital for further assessment.

The second mission was on 10 September 7.20pm.  The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Dannevirke to transport a patient who had suffered a medical emergency.

The patient was stabilised at the scene by the Onboard Intensive Care Paramedic and then airlifted to the Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.

Later that evening, at around 10.30pm, he rescue team were once again dispatched, this time to Taihape.  An 8 month old child had swallowed a small object.

The child was treated at the scene by the Onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to the Palmerston North Hospital for further assesment.

 

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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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