Pongakawa MVA | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Pongakawa MVA

On Wednesday afternoon (20/01/21) The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters and the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to attend a serious 2 car crash on State Highway 2 Pongakawa (Bay of Plenty).

Emergency services closed the highway for the rescue helicopters to land.

Three patients were airlifted to Waikato Hospital in critical and serious conditions.

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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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