With 11 missions from dirt bike falls to a search and rescue after a distress flare was sighted off the coast of Whanganui, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter reported a busy week.read more
19 – 25 July 2015: An early afternoon mission to Mt. Ruapehu for an injured Swiss skier, in his 50’s who sustained head injuries following a fall. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital. The second mission of the evening was a callout to a Wellington man with back injuries.read more
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to two incidents were a person was injured after coming off their bike.read more
16 October 1991 Pilot, Steve Oliver, took to the skies to rescue the first of over 8,000 people who’s lives have been changed as a result of this life saving service.read more
We Need You
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.
The cost of this is huge. Your rescue helicopter has contracts with ACC, DHB’s and NZ police, providing approximately 50% of the operating costs. This means the remaining 50% of funding must come from the community.
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 life saving difference.