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The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter is powered with two fully operational BK-117 Kawasaki helicopters with single-pilot instrument flight capability and operating around the clock with a flight workforce of 20, consisting of pilots, crew, and in-house Critical Care Flight Paramedics (CCFP).

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter responds to callout to the roadside and off-road incidents, marine mayday calls, bush and mountain search and rescue missions, hospital to hospital transfers, and rural and remote medical and accident emergencies.
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Team

1 Vanessa Richmond Group Manager

Vanessa Richmond

Group Manager

Leads Philips Search and Rescue Trust and oversees the Fundraising, Marketing, Administration & Finance teams
Kirsten Tye

Kirstin Tye

Project Manager

Leads all relevant PSRT business projects, while providing support to the wider team
3 Ange Cranfield Admin Manager

Angela Cranfield

Finance and Administration Manager

Oversees and supports all things related to Administration and Finance
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Jenny Barris

Finance Processor

Processes donations that are made across all bases
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Renee Bosley

Office Support & Customer Service Specialist

Provides administration support within the Finance and Administration Team and Customer/Donor support
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Laura Healion

Office Support & Customer Service Specialist

Provides administration support within the Finance and Administration Team and Customer/Donor support
4 Whitney Smith Fundraising Manager

Whitney Smith

Fundraising Manager

Oversees all areas of fundraising, including setting the fundraising strategy & implementing initiatives
9 Jex Moore Fundraiser

Jex Moore

Fundraiser

Looks after our community fundraising activities, our tele-fundraising program, & supports our amazing regular givers
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Keryn Peddle

Fundraising Assistant

First point of contact for our generous donors, and provides support with whatever they need
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Ayshea Abela

Corporate Relationship Coordinator

Looks after our corporate supporters & our regular donor program, helping these amazing donors support their rescue helicopters
2 Sharni Weir Marketing Manager

Sharni Weir

Sponsorship & Marketing Manager

Leads on all areas of Sponsorship & Marketing. Oversees the marketing & communication strategies to support fundraising initiatives
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Tash McGowan

Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator

Looks after our family of sponsors, and coordinating collaborative ways to work together
11 Alex Paley Marketing Assistant Intern

Alexandra Paley

Marketing Coordinator

Manages social media platforms, creating engaging content and communicating with our supporters via campaigns & media
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Vicky Marland

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Looks after our Website, SEO, Google, and implements our online strategy
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Gillian Crompton

Patient Coordinator

Looks after our community of patients and families, sharing stories with our family of supporters

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Specifications & Equipment

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The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter is a Kawasaki BK117. This single-pilot twin-engine helicopter has commonly been used as a rescue helicopter due to its speed, reliability and ability to fly close to cliff faces which makes it the best aircraft for all types of missions.

Crew

Your Pilots

With proven experience in a diverse range of flying conditions, and logging thousands of flight hours, a rescue helicopter pilot is trusted with the safety of all on board.
Pilot Lance Burns

Lance - Pilot

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Mark - Pilot

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Ross - Pilot

Your Crewman

As the extra eyes and ears for the Pilot and the Critical Care Flight Paramedic during a mission, safety on board and around the aircraft is their priority including winch operation, navigation, obstacle identification and safe landing during flights.
Crewman Base Manager Graeme Spiers

Graeme - Crewman and Base Manager

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Leigh - Crewman

Crewman Neil Chappell

Neil - Crewman

Your Critical Care Flight Paramedics

A critical care flight paramedic is trained to perform advanced medical intervention and life-saving procedures within a rescue helicopter environment.
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Ben - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

ICP Rene Schmidt

Rene - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

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Shalk - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

Your Operations Team

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Muir - Medical Director

Pilot Barry Vincent

Barry - Pilot Training Manager

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Charlie - Chief Pilot

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Chris - Chief Operating Officer

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Graeme - Clinical Operations Manager

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Hugo - Clinical Development Manager

History of the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was established in 1991, formerly known as the NZ Rail Helicopter. It has undertaken over 10,600 missions since inception. The helicopter was based at the airport and was brought to life by generous volunteers. In 2003, the Philips Rescue Hangar was built by the NZ Army, officially giving the rescue crew their own base.

In 1996, the helicopter upgraded to a Squirrel AS350A machine and Tranz Rail took over as principal sponsor. In was rebranded to the Square Trust Rescue Helicopter in 2002. As the service grew, the need for a new helicopter became apparent and June 2015 marked the official launch of the new BK117, which continues to save lives in the Manawatu and Whanganui regions to this day.

Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for fundraising and promotion of the North Island’s largest pool of community rescue helicopters, including the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter. Encompassing a fleet of rescue helicopters and fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis.
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