3 November 2018
Australia’s first and oldest search and rescue helicopter service will continue protecting NSW communities thanks to $5.5m of NSW Government funding, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced today.
On standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has major bases in Sydney and Moruya and provides a range of essential services, including coastal surveillance and beach rescue operations with Surf Life Saving NSW.
The Westpac Life Saver also supports agencies such as the NSW Police Force and Fire and Rescue NSW, as well as the NSW State Emergency Service, and can be deployed anywhere in NSW during natural disasters or other major emergencies.
Mr Grant said the Westpac Life Saver provides vital support for the people right across NSW, and thanked their pilots and crew for their dedicated service to the community.
“As summer approaches and we begin flocking to our beautiful beaches again, knowing Westpac Lifesaver is there to lend a helping hand in times of trouble is of great comfort,” Mr Grant said.
“Whether it’s helping to deploy personnel into fire grounds, rescuing people from beaches or floodwaters, or responding to distress calls from hikers or boats, the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter is ready to support any community in NSW.”
This Government funding, along with the ongoing support of Westpac, ensures the Life Saver service stays in the air and remains focused on keeping our beaches safe and our communities protected.
Westpac Life Saver CEO Stephen Leahy thanked the NSW Government for its ongoing support and the dedicated staff that make it happen.
“In the last 12 months our helicopters have conducted more than 300 search and rescue missions throughout NSW, as far afield as Wagga Wagga, Albury, Dubbo, and the Northern Rivers,” Mr Leahy said.
“We have highly trained pilots, air crew, medics and rescue crew that put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve the people of NSW.”
For more information visit the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.