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The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is a twin-engine Kawasaki BK117 and is equipped with medical and emergency equipment enabling it to fly into almost any area in virtually any conditions, day or night.
The helicopter has a two-person winch stretching 70m in length and contains a stretcher. The helicopter is also capable of two-patient transport when required. It also contains intensive care medical equipment and a range of rescue equipment. It also has a 30 million candle power 'Nitesun' searchlight for night operations.
The Search and Rescue capabilities of Tasmania Police have been extended through the generous provision by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority of a Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) system, purchased at a cost of $US400,000, fitted to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The system enhances search and rescue through a range of cameras incorporating the latest technology in thermal imaging.
|Model:||BK 117 B2 1994|
|Engine Type:||Lycoming LTS 101 750|
|Engine Power (HP):||750 shaft hp per engine|
|Fuel Capacity (It's):||720 Litres plus two additional long range tanks - 200 litres each|
|Cruise Speed (kph):||247 kph|
|Seating Capacity (Excluding Pilot):||9 people|
|Range (Km) with full payload:||540 Kms|
|Endurance (hrs/min) with full payload:||2hrs 50mins|
|Night Vision Goggle compatible:||Yes|
|Personnel Hoist:||Yes - (600lb/270kg) variable speed.|
|GPS-Make/Model:||Garmin 430W (2 of) and Garmin MDX 200 multi function display|
|Bucket & Type:||Bambi Model 2024|
|Capacity (It's):||910 Litres|
|Foam Injection & Type:||CDAX electronic foam injection|
|600 Lb(270kg) Hoist|
|30 Million Candle Power Night Sun Search Light|
|8/9 adjustable rear passenger seating|
|200' Long Line with Electric Remote Hook|
|Dual Sliding Rear Crew Doors|
|Clam Shell Rear loading doors with high set Tail Rotor|
|Long -line for Bambi bucket|
When the BK117 Westpac Rescue Helicopter is offline for routine maintenance or upgrading, a standby helicopter, a AS355 Squirrel, is brought on-line.
The AS350 is equipped to a similar level as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and is more than suitable as a back-up aircraft.