They provide a dedicated 24-hour, seven day a week service. This service often makes a life or death difference for thousands of New Zealanders. A Rescue Helicopter is necessary when:
- a patient is very sick or badly injured
- medics think getting to hospital quickly will make a big difference
- an accident has occurred in a difficult location.
The Auckland Trust operates two helicopters and they do a total of about 2,000 missions per year. The aircraft and crew are trained and equipped to operate day and night, their missions range from emergency/accident casualty transport, to medical transfers/medevacs to rescue searches and airlifts.
The Trust does school visits on request, complete with landing the helicopter in the school grounds and telling the children about the rescue missions.
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