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MP praises work of emergency services

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson has congratulated all those involved with the Coromandel Westpac Rescue Helicopter during what was an exceptionally busy holiday period.

The Whitianga-based chopper completed almost 56 separate missions during the month from Christmas Day to January 24. The list of call-outs included medical emergencies, road traffic accidents and sea searches.

“That shows just how valuable a service this is for our communities. I want to acknowledge the hard work of the crews, the Trust and all those who have supported the helicopter by organising or donating to the various fundraising efforts,” Mr Simpson said.

Mr Simpson also paid tribute to St John, Fire Brigade, Search & Rescue, Coastguard and Surf Lifesaving teams for their efforts during the peak summer season.

“It’s a been a great summer for the Coromandel in terms of visitors with lots of good weather keeping many here for longer. This does of course create extra pressure for our emergency services and I want to thank all of them most sincerely for their great work.”


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