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Demand Spikes for Australian Rescue Helo

By Staff Writer | September 3, 2015

Emergency Medical Service, Fire, Search and Rescue
Increased community demand drove a record level of operations for Australia’s Snowy Hydro SouthCare during its 2015 fiscal year, according to ABC News in that country. The helicopter rescue operator’s CEO, Chris Kimball, called the spike "just a reflection of that service area that we cover," an area which encompasses the Australian Capital Territory and part of New South Wales. SouthCare completed more than 509 missions during the 2015 financial year, the largest annual total since its foundation on Oct. 1, 1998. The organization performs three types of missions. This year, roughly 230 provided first-response at an accident scene, roughly 260 were transporting critically-ill patients between facilities, and the rest involved non-medical flights supporting SAR and firefighting efforts. SouthCare operates one Bell Helicopter 412, and its crews rotate on 24-hour shifts to provide year-round care from a helicopter base on Monaro Highway, Symonston. Each crew of four includes a pilot, aircrewman, intensive care paramedic and doctor.
 

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