Three missions in one day for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Three missions in one day for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter

It was a busy day for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter crew on Saturday.

The team was tasked with a mission to Motiti Island where a 79-year old male was assessed by our Intensive Care Paramedic on arrival and transported to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.

They were quicky after tasked with a hospital transfer for a 78-year-old male from Tauranga Hospital to Waikato Hospital with a heart condition.

Later in the afternoon, the team was tasked to Whakatane Hospital to transfer a 14-day old baby to Starship Hospital with a medical condition.



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