Ambulance Service of New South Wales

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Ambulance Service of New South Wales
English Title:
Ambulance Service of New South Wales
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Ambulance Service of New South Wales was first established in 1895, under the title Civil Ambulance and Transport Brigade. It gained its present title in 1977. A fixed-wing air ambulance service was launched in 1967, and soon expanded to four aircraft. A helicopter EMS service was introduced circa 1992, for the greater Sydney area. Other regions of NSW are covered by the Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter and by Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopters, which operate under contract to the NSW Health service.

Key Dates

1895 NSW Ambulance first established.
1967 Fixed-wing air ambulance service begins.
1992? First helicopter obtained.

Current Status

ASNSW aircraft and helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

ASNSW aircraft and helicopters operate in an overall red and white colour scheme, with a red/white chequerboard dividing the two colours. The service titles ‘Ambulance Service of New South Wales’ appears on the rear fuselage, and the ASNSW logo on the fin, cabin door or rear fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

ASNSW aircraft and helicopters carry standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. AW139 VH-SYZ.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
AgustaWestland AW139 3 3 0 EMS
Beech Super King Air 200 7 3 0 Air Ambulance
Beech Super King Air 350 2 2 0 Air Ambulance
Eurocopter EC145 2 2 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS365C Dauphin 2 1 ? ? France
Aerospatiale AS365N Dauphin 2 3 ? ? France
AgustaWestland AW109E Power 1 ? ? Italy
AgustaWestland AW139 3 2008 current Italy
Beech Queen Air 5 1967 1986 contractor
Beech Super King Air 200 7 2003 current contractor
Beech Super King Air 200C 4 1985 2004 contractor
Beech Super King Air 350 3 2012 current contractor
Bell 407 1 ? 2008 contractor
Bell 412 4 ? current contractor
Eurocopter EC145 2 ? current Germany
MBB BK117B 7 ? ? Germany/Japan

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

Ambulance Service of NSW, Balmain Road, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales.

Organisational Structure

The Aeromedical Division of the Ambulance Service of NSW comprises a fixed-wing patient transport service known as The Air Ambulance, and a rotary-wing Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (GSA HEMS).

Current Unit Assignments

Table of current unit assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The GSA HEMS helicopters are based at Sydney-Bankstown, Wollongong and Orange. The fixed-wing unit is based at Kingsford-Smith International Airport, Sydney.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


To be added


Ambulance Service of New South Wales
wikipedia: New South Wales Ambulance
helihub: New South Wales
Air Ambulance New South Wales
NSW Rescue Helicopters

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


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