Covid-19 Update from your Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Covid-19 Update from your Rescue Helicopter

We regretfully announce the postponement of the upcoming Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Open Day scheduled to take place on Sunday 21 February at 10 am.

In light of ongoing developments around the community outbreak of Covid-19 in the South Auckland area, this event is postponed until further notice.

It is important for us, as an essential service, that we follow Government edicts and public health official guidelines on cases of community transmission.

Be assured that the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, along with all rescue helicopters, continues to be operational at all times.

The health and safety of the community and patients is of utmost importance to us as well as the protection of our crew.  The compact environment of a rescue helicopter brings unique challenges; every change in situation adding a layer of complexity. Should your rescue helicopter crew be exposed, this could result in a minimum 14 day stand down period, meaning your rescue helicopter could be at risk.

In regard to missions in and out of Auckland – the focal point of the community outbreak – our crew will be in full PPE (surgical gown, safety glasses, surgical mask, and gloves). We also have the barrier flight curtain installed in all rescue helicopters and this will be utilised during all flights.

We acknowledge that this is a challenging time for everyone and want to thank you first and foremost for your support in helping bring the Open Day together and for your understanding of the current situation and our decision to postpone the event for the safety of all.

We remain excited to reschedule the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Open Day as soon as it is safe to do so and will notify you of new dates in due course.


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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.

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