We regretfully announce the postponement of the upcoming Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter Open Day scheduled to take place on Sunday 7 March at 10 am.
In light of ongoing developments around the community outbreak of Covid-19 and following advice from our medical partners, 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.
While we are disappointed that we will not be able to welcome you all onto the helipad and thank you for your support, we have no doubt that this is the right decision as the health and safety of the community and patients is of utmost importance to us as well as the protection of our crew.
Be assured that the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, along with all rescue helicopters, continues to be operational at all times.
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.
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 both the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter Open Day and the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Open Day as soon as it is safe to do so and will notify you of new dates.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.