- RAC South West Emergency Rescue Helicopter has flown 590 missions
- First patient transfer took place on February 8, 2016
- Helicopter has assisted in saving hundreds of lives
- McGowan Labor Government secured long-term funding of $27.9 million for helicopter
The RAC South West Emergency Rescue Helicopter today marks two years of supporting the South-West with nearly 600 missions flown.
It has played a pivotal role in responding to hundreds of vehicle crashes, which made up 78 per cent of all primary missions, and has assisted with 30 search and rescue operations and more than 70 lifesaving inter-hospital transfers for patients requiring specialist treatment in Perth.
Managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and sponsored by RAC, the helicopter is based in Bunbury and can be airborne in minutes with highly trained paramedics on board ready to assist in a wide range of emergencies.
In a first, the McGowan Government secured long-term funding of $27.9 million for the helicopter last November providing surety of service to the residents of the South-West and visitors to the region.
Together with the metropolitan-based RAC helicopter, it covers 95 per cent of Western Australia's population.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:
"I have seen for myself, the professionalism and speed of the RAC South-West helicopter crew in action when they responded to a motorcycle crash while I was visiting the base.
"It was therefore a great pleasure to be back down at the base late last year to be able to announce the McGowan Labor Government had secured long-term funding of $27.9 million for the helicopter.
"The helicopter has made a big difference to the residents and visitors of the South-West in its two years of operation and has flown 155,000 kilometres, which is the equivalent of nearly four flights around the world.
"There is no doubt that this helicopter saves lives by giving people in regional Western Australia access to the best possible emergency medical treatment available.
"Demand for the service grows each month and I am pleased that the community can continue to rely on this service for years to come."
Comment attributed to RAC Executive General Manager Advocacy and Members Patrick Walker:
"As a membership organisation, which has been reinvesting profits back into the community for more than 110 years, we are proud to sponsor the RAC Rescue helicopters and support such a vital part of Western Australia's emergency response network."
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