New South Wales Rural Fire Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Until 1997 the numerous (over 2000) rural firefighting brigades in NSW were coordinated by various committees which went under the names Bush Fire Advisory Committee, Bush Fire Committee, Bush Fire Council/Bush Fire Service etc. On 1 September 1997, a new goverment body, the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) was established by an act of Parliament, redefining the world’s largest fire service and building on a century of experience in protecting some of the most fire-prone areas on earth.

Aircraft are an invaluable tool in spotting and tackling fires in remote areas. The RFS owns and has on long-term contract a small fleet of aircraft, which is supplemented each fire season by up to 100 more aircraft and helicopters on short-term contracts.

Key Dates

January 1975 Bush Fire Service created.
1990 Department of Bush Fire Services established.
1 September 1997 NSW Rural Fire Service established.
? First aircraft obtained.
? First helicopter obtained.

Current Status

The NSW RFS aircraft and helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

NSW RFS helicopters fly in a red and white colour scheme. The NSW RFS logo appears on the cabin door. Contractor operated aircraft retain their original colour scheme with the addition of N.S.W. RURAL FIRE SERVICE titles. The NSE RFS logo often appears on the fuselage or fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

NSW RFS aircraft and helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registration, e.g. AS350 VH-NFO.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel ? ? 0 Utility
Air Tractor AT-802 ? ? 0 Fire Fighting
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1 0 Surveillance
MBB BK117 1 1 0 Fire Fighting

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Only those aircraft carrying NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE titles are listed.

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel ? 19?? current France
Air Tractor AT-802 ? ? current contractor
Beech Super King Air 200 1 ? current USA
Bell 212 1 ? ? contractor
Cessna 208 Caravan ? ? ? contractor
MBB BK117 3 1990 current Japan/NSW Police
PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader ? ? ? contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

NSW Rural Fire Service Headquarters, 15 Carter Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

To be added.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Bush Fire Bulletin.

Websites

NSW Rural Fire Service
wikipedia: New South Wales Rural Fire Service
NSW Rural Fire Service

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Australian Aeromedical Service Providers

Operators Overview

History

Narrative Summary

In land area, Australia is comparable to the United States, but has a population of only 23 million. This low population density, and the large distances between hospitals, means Air Ambulance and helicopter rescue services have become a vital amenity.

From the late 1950s fixed-wing aircraft were being used to transport critically ill patients in remote aereas to larger hospitals. In 1962 a formal Victoria Air Ambulance service was created, chartering aircraft as required to transport patients to hospitals in Melbourne.

In 1971 the first rescue helicopter service was launched in Victoria. This pioneering programme was soon imitated in other parts of the country. The high profile Westpac Life Saver helicopter service started in NSW in 1973. By the late 1970s there were several rescue helicopter services operating and the State Governments started to regulate the service and establish their own units.

One of the largest aeromedical operators in Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service is described on another page.

Key Dates

1962 First fixed-wing ambulance service.
1971 First rescue helicopter service launched, in Victoria.
1980 First State-funded service, in South Australia.

Current Status

There are today numerous rescue helicopters located around Australia, providing public aeromedical services. They are funded by state governments, charities or corporate sponsorship.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

Special Markings

Australian Air Ambulances and rescue aircraft and helicopters operate in a wide variety of markings. The helicopters normally display coporate logos from their commercial sponosrs. There are no standard service titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft and helicopters carry standard Australian civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

See individual operators.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

See individual operators.

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

There is no central headquarters. The service is provided by individual operators tasked through the 000 emergency phone number system.

Organisational Structure

To be added.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See unit assignments.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.


More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Emergency Medical Services in Australia
Helis.com: Australia Air Ambulances

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Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad is a not-for-profit independent marine search and rescue service. It’s main area of operation is the southern end of Port Phillip Bay and the surf coasts of Bass Strait, south of Melbourne. During the early 1970s the SPRS had an agreement with Jayrow helicopters to utilise a Bell 47 helicopter contracted to fly newspapers to the peninsula for searches when not otherwise being used. This proved very successful and following a fundraising campaign the SPRS purchased its own Bell 47J model helicopter for search and rescue purposes. This helicopter was later replaced by a Bell 206B JetRanger which was unfortunately lost in an accident in 1994. The state government donated a new Bell 206L LongRanger later that year to replace it. By 2010 the helicopter was only receiving a few call-outs each year, and so the SPRS decided to cease helicopter operations. The helicopter was sold in 2010.

Key Dates

1967 Mornington Peninsula Emergency Group.
1970 Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad formally established.
1976 Start of helicopter operations.
1994 Helicopter lost in an accident.
1994 Replacement helicopter donated.
July 2010 End of helicopter operations.

Current Status

The SPRS helicopter ceased operations in July 2010.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The SPRS Helicopter flew in a white and blue colour scheme. RESCUE titles were shown on the forward fuselage and a large SPRS logo displayed on the rear fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The SPRS helicopter carried an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bell 206 VH-BLV.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 47J 1 1976 ? USA
Bell 206B JetRanger 1 ? 1994 USA
Bell 206L LongRanger 1 1994 2010 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

The first Bell 206B crashed into Port Philip Bay in 1994.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

SOUTHERN PENINSULA RESCUE SQUAD INC, P.O. Box 221, Blairgowrie 3942.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The SPRS helicopter was based at Sorrento.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad
Facebook: Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad
Youtube: Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad helicopter
Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad to cease helicopter operations
gift rescue chopper up for sale
Flickr: Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad

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Peninsula Ambulance Service

History

Narrative Summary

The Peninsula Ambulance Service established the first full-time dedicated helicopter air ambulance service in Australia. The Bell 206A JetRanger was brought to Australia in December 1970 by Bill Vowell, the owner of a Tyabb-based helicopter company, and fitted out as an air ambulance, but wasn’t assigned its first medical emergency until March 1971. Manned by local paramedics it operated out of Tyabb Airfield on the Mornington Peninsula, just south of Melbourne. Initial operations were successful and in March 1972 a formal contract for continued operation was agreed. The helicopter soon became known as the Angel of Mercy.

In late 1985 a State Government-commissioned review of Ambulance services recommended that the PAS helicopter service be closed down and that combined Police and Ambulance use of the existing Police helicopter would be more effective. Accordingly, the PAS helicopter was withdrawn in March 1986 and the service closed.

Key Dates

December 1970 Helicopter delivered.
March 1971 First medical mission flown.
March 1972 Formal lease contract with PAS agreed.
late 1985 State Government committee recommends closure of PAS helicopter operation.
March 1986 Operations cease.

Current Status

The PAS helicopter service ceased operation in March 1986.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


Markings

Special Markings

The PAS helicopter originally flew in a white and blue colour scheme, with a red Maltese Cross on the rotor fairing. PENINSULA AMBULANCE SERVICE titles were displayed on the lower fuselage and a Vowell Air Services logo on the rear fuselage. A new mainly white colour scheme, with red ‘dashed’ cheatlines along the fuselage and tail boom was later introduced. The PENINSULA AMBULANCE SERVICE titles were moved to the rear fusealage. ‘Angel of Mercy’ titles and a red Maltese Cross appeared on the rotor fairing.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The PAS helicopter carried an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bell 206A VH-AAL.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 206A JetRanger 1 1971 1985 contractor
Bell 206L LongRanger 1 1985 1986 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Peninsula Ambulance Service, Frankston, VIC.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The PAS helicopter was based at Tyabb Airfield on the Mornington Peninsula, VIC.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Angel of Mercy

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Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service was founded in 1973 by Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), a not-for-profit organisation. The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service is the longest serving civil search and rescue helicopter service in the world. In 1973 the Bank of New South Wales, (popularly known as ‘the Wales’), became the corporate sponsor of the Rescue Helicopter service. The bank was renamed Westpac Banking Corporation in 1982 and this is reflected in the service now being known as the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.

Key Dates

1973 Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service first established.

Current Status

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopters operate in a standard yellow and red colour scheme with LIFESAVER RESCUE titles on the fuselage and the local Surf Life Saving Association logo on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. BK117 VH-NVG.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service, Surf Life Saving Australia, Rosebery, Sydney, NSW.

Organisational Structure

Although operating under the general title ‘Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service’, each service is actually delivered by an affiliated, non-profit organisation working to meet the specific needs of local communities. In most cases this organisation is the Surf Life Saving association for the relevant state.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Life Saving Victoria
NSW Greater Sydney
NSW Hunter & New England
NSW Northern Region
Surf Life Saving Queensland
Surf Life Saving South Australia
Surf Life Saving Western Australia
Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See unit assignments.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service
Westpac Life Saver Helicopter NSW
Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Northern Region
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters
Facebook: Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters – Official Site NSW
Facebook: Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter – Northern Region
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service WA
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter QLD
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service VIC
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Hunter Region

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Ambulance Tasmania

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

In late 1997 the Government of Tasmania awarded the Royal Flying Doctor Service a contract to provide an aerial ambulance service in Tasmania, under the administration of Ambulance Tasmania. Beech King Air 200 VH-MSM was dedicated to this task. The contract with RFDS was renewed in 2004. In 2011 the RFDS won a new contract by undertaking to replace the existing aircraft with a new machine operating in Ambulance Tasmania colours.

Key Dates

1997 RFDS wins contract to provide aerial ambulance service in Tasmania.
2004 RFDS contract renewed.
2011 RFDS wins new contract.

Current Status

The Ambulance Tasmania aircraft is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The Ambulance Tasmania aircraft flies in an overall white colour scheme with a broad yellow and red cheatline. AMBULANCE TASMANIA titles appear on the upper fuselage and AMBULANCE on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Ambulance Tasmania aircraft carries an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. King Air 200 VH-LTQ.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Beech King Air 200 2 1 0 Air Ambulance

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Beech King Air 200 2 1997 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ambulance Tasmania State Headquarters, Lower Level, 12 Brisbane Street, Hobart TAS 7000.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Ambulance Tasmania aircraft is based at Launceston.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Aeromedical and Medical Retrieval
planespotters.net
RFDS Welcomes Ambulance Tasmania Decision

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CareFlight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service was formed in 1981. Its mission was to save lives by providing a search and rescue service to local beaches and the hinterland. In 1992 the service was renamed CareFlight Queensland and expanded to carry out search and rescue in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. RACQ joined as a naming rights sponsor in 1991 and remains as a sponsor to this day. A fixed-wing Air Ambulance service was launched in 2004, to provide long range patient transport. In 2013, CareFlight Queensland merged with the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service (SCHRS), Australia’s oldest helicopter rescue service.

Key Dates

1981 Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service first established.
1992 Service renamed CareFlight Queensland.
2004 Fixed-wing Air Ambulance unit created.
2013 Merger with Sunshine Coast rescue service.

Current Status

The CareFlight Group is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

CareFlight helicopters operate in an overall white/yellow/blue colour scheme based on the company logo, with ‘CareFlight’ titles on the forward or rear fuselage. The fixed wing aircraft operate in a simpler white and blue colour scheme with a thin yellow diagonal line across the fuselage and ‘CareFlight’ titles on the forward fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

CareFlight aircraft and helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. A109 VH-IAG.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
AgustaWestland AW139 ? ? ? EMS
Beech Super King Air 200 5 4 0 Air Ambulance
Bell 230 1 1 0 EMS
Bell 412 6 3 0 EMS
Bombardier Learjet 45 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
Bombardier Learjet 45XR 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
Canadair Challenger 604 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
MBB BK117B-2 3 3 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS350B Squirrel 2 1986 ? France/SCHRS
Aerospatiale AS365C Dauphin 2 1 1988 ? France
Agusta A109E Power 1 2004 ? Italy
Agusta AW119 Koala 1 2001 ? Italy
AgustaWestland AW139 ? 2014 current Italy
Beech Super King Air 200 5 2011 current USA
Bell 206L1 LongRanger 1 2013 ? SCHRS
Bell 230 1 ? current SCHRS
Bell 412 6 1994 current USA
Bombardier Learjet 45 1 ? current USA
Bombardier Learjet 45XR 1 ? current USA
Canadair Challenger 604 1 ? current Canada
Gates Learjet 36A 2 2007 ? USA
IAI 1124 Westwind 1 ? 2009 contractor
MBB BK117B-2 2 2013 current SCHRS

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

A IAI Westwind was forced to ditch in 2009, (wikipedia entry).

Organisation

Main Headquarters

CareFlight Headquarters, 4-6 Barden St, Northmead, NSW 2152, Australia.

Organisational Structure

The CareFlight Group includes the fixed-wing CareFlight International Air Ambulance (CFIAA) unit and the rotary-wing RACQ CareFlight Rescue unit. CareFlight also has a government contract in Northern Territory, and two commercial contracts with a consortium of oil and gas exploration and production companies operating in Australia.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of current unit assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

CareFlight International Air Ambulance
Careflight Northern Territory
RACQ CareFlight Rescue

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The fixed-wing aircraft operate from Sydney, Darwin, Perth and Cairns. The helicopters are based at Toowoomba, Bundaberg and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and also Darwin.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Pulse

Websites

CareFlight
CareFlight
wikipedia: CareFlight
Facebook: CareFlight
Facebook: RACQCareFlight
RACQ CareFlight secures funding
CareFlight Bell 230

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Torres Strait Rescue

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Torres Strait Rescue helicopter service (‘Rescue 700’) covers the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area. It is operated under contract to the Queensland Government by Australain Helicopters Pty. Start of operations was some time before 2003.

Key Dates

? Torres Strait Rescue Helicopter launched.

Current Status

The Torres Strait Rescue helicopter service is fully operational.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

The Torres Strait Rescue helicopter flies in Australian Helicopters standard white and dark blue colour scheme, with a light blue diagonal sash across the rear fuselage. AUSTRALIAN titles are carried under the cockpit. This helicopter appears to have no naming sponsor.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Torres Strait Rescue helicopter carries an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bell 412 VH-EMZ.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Bell 412 2 1 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 412 2 ? current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

One helicopter was lost in a forced landing on 13 June 2013.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Torres Straits Rescue Service, Horn Island, Australia.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignents

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Torres Strait Rescue helicopter was based at Horn Island.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

wikipedia: Queensland Ambulance Service
No official website.

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CQ Rescue

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service was officially registered in December 1994 and began flying in September 1996. The helicopter was lost in an accident in October 2003, but flying resumed at the end of that month. The service became a two helicopter operation in 2009.

Key Dates

8 December 1994 Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service officially registered.
1 September 1996 CQ Rescue helicopter service first official flight.
17 October 2003 Main helicopter lost in an accident.
31 October 2003 CQ Rescue resumes operations.
2009 CQ Rescue starts operating two helicopters.

Current Status

The CQ Rescue helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The RACQ NQ Rescue helicopter flies in the familiar RACQ white/yellow/blue colour scheme with RACQ NQ Rescue titles on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The CQ Rescue helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Bell 412 VH-EPK.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Bell 412 6 2 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS365C Dauphin 2 1 2004 2009 contractor
Bell 206L LongRanger 1 1996 ? contractor
Bell 407 1 2001 2003 contractor
Bell 412 6 2005 current contractor
? 1 2003 2004 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

The Bell 407 was lost in an accident on 17 October 2003.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

RACQ CQ Rescue, 16 Mike Jones Street, Mackay QLD 4740, Australia.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The RACQ CQ helicopters are based at Mackay Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Skids Up

Websites

CQ Rescue
CQ Rescue
Facebook: CQ Rescue
Youtube: CQ Rescue Official
Youtube: CQ Rescue

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Capricorn Helicopter Rescue

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Capricorn Rescue Helicopter service began in 1996. Its naming sponsor is RACQ.

Key Dates

1996 Capricorn Rescue Helicopter service first established.
1997 Helicopter lost in ground fire.
2000 Helicopter lost in a fatal accident.
200? RACQ becomes naming sponsor.

Current Status

The RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter flies in a white/yellow/blue colour scheme. RACQ CAPRICORN RESCUE titles were displayed on the tail boom.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The RACQ Capricorn relicopter carries an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bell 412 VH-EPR.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Bell 412 1 1 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 206L LongRanger 2 1996 2000 contractor
Bell 407 1 2000 2001 contractor
? 1 2001 2010 contractor
Bell 412 1 2013 current contractor
Sikorsky S-76A 1 2010 2013 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

One helicopter burnt out on the ground on 2 May 1997, one fatal crash on 24 July 2000.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service, 145 East St, Rockhampton QLD 4700, Australia.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter is based at Rockhampton.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Capricorn Helicopter Rescue
Facebook: RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service
RACQ Helicopter Rescue

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