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.
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.
The bushwalking season began before Christmas with a lower than usual number of calls for assistance. While there does not appear to be a decrease in numbers enjoying the Tasmanian wilderness, better preparation and preparedness would certainly have assisted in reducing call outs. But in our changing weather and environment a group of well prepared walkers were forced to call for help as food supplies ran low and rising waters prevented them from completing their crossing of the Salisbury River in Southwest Tasmania. Every attempt was made by the goup to self rescue before contacting emergency services. While there was a slow start to rescues it has certainly picked up in January 2014 with the latest rescue of kayakers off Bruny Island in response to an EPIRB activation.
The last week in September saw currency training being undertaken by the crews as it is every month.
This involved the task of ensuring that all personnel were up to speed and trained for the emergencies they face.
This month's training saw a water borne rescue and a night time scenario.
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
|Medical Evacuations 5|
|Motor cycle/vehicle 2|
|Search and Rescue 22|
Total Missions: 29