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Busy Weekend for Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Busy Weekend for Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The crew of the Auckland based Westpac Rescue Helicopter went to eight missions over the weekend – in less than 40 hours. The missions ranged from a medical condition on Kawau Island to a motor vehicle accident in Paeroa.

Paramedic Bruce Kerr was on roster for seven of the eight missions and described the weekend as “frantic”.

“It’s the nature of being a paramedic in an emergency services profession – every day is different and you never know what to expect”, said Mr Kerr.

Marketing Communications Manager Kelle Taylor says that the sheer volume of missions demonstrates the importance of fundraising to keep the rescue helicopter in operation.

“I’m sure the seven accident and medical missions the crew performed made a significant difference to the patients and families involved.

Weekends like this just goes to show that the hard work of our dedicated team of fundraisers really does pay off”, said Miss Taylor.

Weekend Missions:

11 November 2006 - A female child with a medical condition was transported from Waihi to Waikato Hospital.

11 November 2006 - The helicopter responded to Awhitu and transported a male child with a medical condition to Starship Hospital.

11 November 2006 - A male with a back injury was transported from Great Barrier Island to Auckland City Hospital.

11 November 2006 - Two motorcyclists were transported from Paeroa to Waikato Hospital after a motor vehicle accident.

11 November 2006 - A woman with chest pain was transported from Waiheke Island to Auckland City Hospital.

12 November 2006 - The helicopter responded to Kawau Island and transported a female with a medical condition to North Shore Hospital.

12 November 2006 - A woman with chest pain was transported from Waiheke Island to Auckland City Hospital.

12 November 2006 - New Zealand Police tasked the helicopter to an aerial search at Muriwai.

To donate to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust go to www.rescuehelicopter.org.nz or to make an automatic $25 donation call 0900 4 RESCUE.

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