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Waikato Then & Now

In an ever-expanding fleet of central North Island rescue helicopters, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter has undergone a transformational change, unrecognisable from its humble origins in 1987.

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Thanking our rescue helicopter dads

Working for such a critical life-saving service can come with its challenges and today we take the time to recognise all the dads operating onboard our rescue helicopters.

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Greenlea Premier Meats come to rescue

Philips Search and Rescue Trust’s (PSRT) plea for additional funding has been answered by long term sponsor Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd. After learning helicopter crew were in serious need of funding for COVID-19 specific protective equipment, Tony Egan on behalf of Greenlea Premier Meats raised his hand to help.

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We Need You

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

Support your rescue helicopter and make a lifesaving difference.

Saving Lives, Together.

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