It’s ‘Back to Base’ For Rescue Club Members

Written by: WRHS, 22 Oct 2019

It’s ‘Back to Base’ For Rescue Club Members

They are a very select group of people, whose day started out just like any other, only to take a turn that would remain etched in their minds forever.

People who have been assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service across Northern NSW are invited to a special base visit and morning tea on Sunday 3 November,  between 10am-11:30am.  The event is conducted to reunite people with Pilots, Air Crew, NSW Ambulance Paramedics and the Helicopter’s Critical Care Medical Team who played a crucial role in their respective rescues.
People known as Rescue Club Members will have the opportunity to meet staff, tour the base facilities and inspect the helicopters at the Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore bases in early November.

The Service is largely unaware of the identity of those transported, as patient information is privately held by NSW Health.

Service Chief Executive Officer, Richard Jones OAM, said that the event on 3 November provided people who have been assisted by the Rescue Helicopter with the opportunity to better understand how the vital service operates as part of the State’s emergency care chain.

‘For many people, meeting and talking with Service staff, crew and pilots also helps them in the recovery process. For others, it’s a way of connecting with people who have been in similar situations,’ Mr Jones said.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service began as a weekend beach patrol in December 1975 and today operates a 24-7 dedicated aeromedical service to communities across the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Central West, New England and North West regions. Since 1975 more than 30,000 missions have been undertaken helping to save thousands of lives and importantly, no one has ever paid to be assisted by the Service.
People who have been assisted by the Service and are interested in attending any of the bases should register by calling 1800 155 155 or by emailing 
For Further Information:

Kylie Farrugia, Events Coordinator Ph 4952 0038