ANDERSON: WINCHING RESUMES FROM TAMWORTH HELICOPTER BASE
The Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced winching operations will resume from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Tamworth.
Mr Anderson welcomed the news and said the return of winching operations at the Tamworth base is a result of a number of factors including the introduction a unified fleet of advanced Agusta-Westland 139 helicopters across NSW and major upgrades to the base and operations at Tamworth.
“It’s also been made possible by the implementation of the NSW Government’s $151.2 million state-wide Helicopter Retrieval Network.
“Winching was suspended from the Tamworth base in 2013 to ensure the safety of crews and patients following an independent review into aeromedical helicopter operations across NSW.
“I am pleased to see the return of the winching service as it will result in much faster recovery times for people in dire situations who require this specialized and highly skilled assistance.
“This is testament to the hard work of the NSW Ambulance paramedics, NSW Health doctors and Westpac Rescue Air Crew, Pilots and training teams delivering this vital aeromedical service across the Northern Zone of NSW and beyond.
“The upgraded Tamworth base features a larger operations room, enhanced office spaces and expanded purpose-built engineering space to service the bigger and safer fleet of AW139 helicopters.
“These upgrades have also delivered improved rest accommodation to better support crew in meeting the requirements of 24 hour base operations.
“These great advancements in aeromedical services, now coupled with the return of winching operations from Tamworth, are a great boost to health care services for the people of this region,” Mr Anderson concluded.