New Years Day for the TECT Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

New Years Day for the TECT Rescue Helicopter

On the 1 January 2020  at 10am, the TECT Rescue helicopter was tasked to fly a 23 year old male from Whakatane hospital to Waikato hospital with a spinal injury he received from diving into a swimming pool.

The TECT Rescue Helicopter was then tasked to fly from Waikato hospital to Patetonga where two cars collided on SH27. Several people were injured and the TECT rescue helicopter flew a 42 year old American woman to Waikato hospital with serious injuries.

Before leaving Waikato hospital, the TECT Rescue helicopter was tasked to Mt Maunganui where a 79 year old male was near the summit and collapsed. The TECT Rescue helicopter landed near the summit and the paramedic walked to the patient who was on the walking track. Due to the location of the patient, it was decided to winch the patient into the helicopter. He was stabilized and flown to Tauranga hospital.


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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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