ANDERSON OFFICIALLY UNVEILS MAJOR UPGRADE OF NSW AMBULANCE AND WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER BASE AT TAMWORTH
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson MP, today officially unveiled a new state of the art upgrade to the NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Tamworth.
Mr Anderson said the official opening marked an important step in the delivery of the $151.2 million state-wide Helicopter Retrieval Network.
“This major upgrade to our NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base is part of our government’s commitment to improving coverage for rural, regional and remote NSW communities, ensuring the delivery of exceptional emergency medical care for patients, no matter where they live,” Mr Anderson said.
“It is the single biggest NSW Government investment in aeromedical services in the state’s history and I am pleased to be here today to mark this significant step towards delivering the best standard of aeromedical response and training and out of hospital emergency medical care to communities throughout NSW.”
Mr Anderson was joined by NSW Ambulance Chief Executive Dominic Morgan and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones to officially unveil the cast iron plaque, signalling the opening of the facility.
“Our aeromedical doctors and paramedics provide an exemplary service to patients in all corners of the state, completing around 3000 patient missions each year,” Mr Morgan said.
“I am confident that this partnership and upgraded base will better enable the highly-qualified NSW Ambulance helicopter paramedics, along with NSW Health doctors on board, to continue to deliver exceptional out-of-hospital critical care to patients across the state.”
The upgraded Tamworth base is designed to further improve safety, training capacity and responsiveness and forms part of the Northern Zone of the Helicopter Retrieval Network.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Chief Executive Richard Jones said the base opening also represented the continuation of a long-term partnership, delivering world-class aeromedical and rescue services to NSW.
“The significant investment in the Tamworth base delivers a state-of-the-art asset for our community and we are delighted to deliver a facility that will now maximise workflow for this team, providing a safe and functional hangar for our aircraft and engineers,” he said.
“Alongside our fleet of Augusta Westland 139 (AW 139) helicopters, our highly skilled pilots and air crew will work closely with NSW Health teams to deliver enhanced standard of aeromedical and rescue services to residents throughout northern NSW.”