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The Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust was registered as a charity on 28 September 2000 to coincide with the inception of the Tasmanian Air Rescue Helicopter Service with the Trust being the vehicle for sponsorship and fundraising to support this vital air rescue service.
Sponsorship and donations to the Trust can only be applied towards the purpose for which the Trust was established – to provide advanced training and the acquisition of specialist equipment for the aircraft.
In April 2005, Westpac Banking Corporation secured the naming rights sponsorship with the Trust and the rescue service became known as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
The aim of the Trust through the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is to continue to provide the Tasmanian community and visitors to this State, a world class aero-medical helicopter rescue service.
The Key Objectives of the Trust are:
- Raise funding for specialised rescue and medical equipment,
- Raise funding for advanced training of the Police and Ambulance helicopter crew,
- Raise community awareness of the valuable service which the Rescue Helicopter provides,
- Provide education and awareness of air, land and water safety to the general community,
- Foster community involvement and support for the Rescue Helicopter,
- Remain accountable to the community for the use of funding raised.
Since 2005 the Trust has provided new and replacement equipment worth over half a million dollars.
In 2009 funds totaling nearly $130 000 were spent on equipment which included life jackets, aircrew restraint lines, satellite telephone for paramedics winched into remote areas, wet suits, a ventilator unit and fuel storage containers in remote locations.