Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust

The Government of Tasmania provides a world-class rescue helicopter service to those who live, work and visit Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust supports this service, by fundraising, donation, sponsorship and assigning naming rights.

News Highlights

Westpac has launched the inaugural Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Schools Program, an educational resource designed to teach 2,800 Tasmanian primary school students the imortance of not-for-profit emergency services to their local community.

Ten schools across the state will participate in the learning program which includes three educational videos and in-classroom resources.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service over 40 years has seen its contribution expand from a single aircraft to a national operation made up of 16 helicopters flying from 13 bases. In Tasmania, over 2200 missions have been flown over 14 years.


Tough rescue from Antarctic icebreaker 120 miles offshore. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to assist in the rescue of an ill sailor on board the French icebreaker LaAstolabe. It took several attempts, initially hovering to lower a doctor and paramedic before being able to land on the pitching and rolling helipad to return the patient to Royal Hobart Hospital.

Newsletter available for download now, go to media releases/newsletter!

We brought you the story of Josie O'Brien a Westpac staffer who was rescued from Cradle Mt last year and her determination to raise further funds and data based applications for the Trust.
Westpac matched the $15000 donation Josie and her team raised in just over six months and development is well underway for some serious type computer based applications to create greater efficiencies in rescues!
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Search & Rescue Exercise August 2013
This vital two day exercise has been funded by the Trust.
Read More - see video clip (2 minutes) of 2012 exercise >

Television awareness campaign
Late last year, the Board decided on producing an awareness campaign to lift the profile of the Trust.
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 Three rescues in one day!! 22/2/13 - see media releases for more.

Statistics | Trust support 1 June to 31 August 2013

Mission Types
Medical Evacuations 5  
Motor cycle/vehicle 2  
Search and Rescue 22  
Mission hours

Total Missions: 29                        

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