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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.

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A full day of missions

On the morning of February 27th, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Rotorua Hospital for a male patient in his forties, suffering a serious cardiac condition. He was transported to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

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Wednesday’s Mission Round Up

On Wednesday, February 24th, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter attended to a male patient in his thirties in Dannevirke suffering a heart attack.

The patient was treated at the scene and flown to Wellington Hospital for an immediate life-saving procedure.

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Double MVA Missions

On Wednesday, February 24th, the TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the lower Kaimai range to attend to a patient in his eighties following a motor vehicle accident.

The patient was transported to Tauranga Hospital.

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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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