Surf Life Saving Queensland

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

History

SLSQ’s Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service began in December 1976 and patrolled Gold Coast beaches from October to April each year. In those early years a Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter was used. There were four rescues carried out during 37 missions flown in that first season. The service has been sponsored by Westpac (formally the Bank of New South Wales) since 1978.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Bell 206B 1 Dec 1976 – ?  
?? 1 ? – ?  
?? 1 ? – ?  
AS365N 1 ? – ?  
AS350 1 ? – ?  
EC135 1 2009 – current  
Bo 105 1 2012 – current  

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Kurrawa 1976 – ?
Carrara ? – current
Caloundra ? – current

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Southern Region Surf Life Saving Association

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

History

The Southern Region Surf Life Saving Association helicopter rescue service began in Sydney in 1973 as a basic beach surveillance and rescue service.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Bell 47 1 1973 – ?  
Bell 206 1 ? – ?  
AS350 1 ? – ?  
AS365C 1 ? – ?  
BK117 2 ? – current  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
La Perouse, Sydney 1973 – current
Moruya 2010 – current

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Hunter Region Surf Life Saving Association

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

History

The original helicopter service was created by The Newcastle branch of Surf Life Saving Australia, as a surf rescue and coastal observation operation during the summer months using a Bell 47 helicopter. At this time Westpac, (then the Bank of NSW), became named sponsor and has remained so to the present day. The service expaned to two helicopters in 1993. A second base was opened at Tamworth in 2000.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Bell 47 2 1975 – ?  
?? 1 ? – 1990  
AS365 1 1990 – ?  
Bell 412 2 1993 – current  
Bell 407 1 2000 – 2007  
BK117 2 2007 – current  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Newcastle 1975 – current
Tamworth 2000 – current

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Surf Life Saving Western Australia

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

History

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter for the Perth area was launched in December 2008 and is a service provided by Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA). A new helicopter was obtained in late 2011, and this allowed the original helicopter to move south and start operations at from Busselton.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
AS350 1 2008 – current  
AW119Ke 1 2011 – current  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Freemantle 2008 – current
Busselton 2011 – current

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Life Saving Victoria

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

History

The official Life Saving Victoria website gives almost no information on the history of the helicopter service. LSV itself was formed in 2002 from a merger of two previous organisations.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
AS350 1 2010 – current  
EC120 1 ? – current VH-ECP
?? 1 ? – 2010  
?? 1 ? – ?  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne ? – current

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Surf Life Saving South Australia

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

History

The Wales Surf Rescue Helicopter service started in 1979, sponsored by the Wales Bank. It is not clear if the establishment of the South Australia State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS) in 1980 affected this service. Referring to an event in 2005, the official SLS SA website says “… since 1979, Surf Life Saving South Australia has operated within the aerial services domain, with various changes and a two year absence in this time. However with the support of Westpac, a Helicopter Rescue Service in South Australian coastal areas is again up and running.” This implies that the service continued, but had a pause circa 2003-2005. The helicopters operated during this period are not known.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Bell 206 1 1979 – 1980+  
?? 1 ? – ?  
AS350 1 Sep 2005 – current  

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Main Bases

Base Duration
?? 1979 – 2003
West Beach, Adelaide Sep 2005 – current

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Northern Region Surf Life Saving Association

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

History

A rescue helicopter service for Northern NSW was officially launched at Ballina in December 1982. It was the 5th SLSA helicopter in Australia. In 1983 the helicopter moved to a base in Lismore, and in 1986 to Lismore Airport. In 1996 the service was able to 24 hrs 365 days a year.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
AS365C 2 1991 – 2007  
AS365N 2 2005 – current  
Bell 206B 2 1983 – 1990  
Bell 206L 1 1990 – 1996  
Hiller UH-12E 1 Dec 1982 – 1983  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Ballina Dec 1982 – 1983
Lismore 1983 – 1986
Lismore Airport 1986 – current

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