Significant changes are afoot as to how rescue helicopter and air ambulance services will be purchased by the New Zealand Government, throughout New Zealand.read more
16 October 1991 Pilot, Steve Oliver, took to the skies to rescue the first of over 8,000 people who’s lives have been changed as a result of this life saving service.read more
We Need You
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.