NSW Ambulance and Toll Rescue Helicopter celebrate the opening of a new base in Bankstown. Photo courtesy of NSW Ambulance.
New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance and Toll Rescue Helicopter have a new base in Bankstown, Australia, now open for business.
The base, whose opening was announced Thursday, now joins a network that includes a base in Sydney. NSW Ambulance said patient rescue, retrieval and treatment services have been operating from that base for a year. During that time, more than 1,200 missions have taken place in Bankstown.
“Already we are considered by emergency care providers around the world as the benchmark aeromedical care provider by which they measure their operations and standard of care,” said NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan. “This facility ensures every aeromedical staff member will be trained to the highest possible standards.”
The new base features three helicopter and servicing hangars, as well as a water training pool, medical simulation rooms and an auditorium. It also includes the ACE Training Centre, which features mission simulation technology for all air and medical crew, specialist medical training rooms and helicopter simulation technology. HUET theatre is a virtual reality training system and full flight AW139 simulator. NSW Ambulance said it is the only original equipment manufacturer simulator in Australia.
NSW’s government initiated a statewide Reform Plan for Aeromedical (Rotary Wing) Retrieval Services in NSW, which is the framework in which these new bases were created. The reform plan has NSW divided into northern and southern aeromedical retrieval zones, NSW Ambulance said.