Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, based in Australia, has announced that it has entered a new partnership with NSW Ambulance. It said that under the new partnership, the service will operate the northern zone of the NSW Helicopter Retrieval Network.
The partnership was launched by New South Wales Minister (NSW) for Health Brad Hazzard at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service base at Belmont. The service said that it will operate 24/7 to provide care to communities from north of the Hawkesbury River to the Queensland border.
“Under the new contract, four AW139 helicopters will service northern NSW. Compared with the current fleet, the AW139s provide improvements in speed, range and endurance and support advanced patient care through many onboard features such as the special ‘zero lift’ arms to assist moving Newborn Emergency Transport Service (NETS) cribs,” said Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service CEO Richard Jones.
The partnership was also welcomed by NSW Ambulance commissioner Dominic Morgan: “I am confident this partnership will enable our highly-qualified NSW Ambulance paramedics and NSW Health helicopter doctors to continue delivering exceptional out-of-hospital critical care to patients across the state, no matter where in NSW they live.”