Emergency Management Queensland

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Emergency Management Queensland
English Title:
Emergency Management Queensland
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The history of Emergency Services Queensland (EMQ) is not very clear. By 1982 there was a Queensland Government Rescue helicopter, and by 2001 the service was called Queensland Emergency Services (QES). The title “Queensland Rescue” is also used quite often. At some point before 2012 Emergency Management Queensland was established – with the flying branch called EMQ Helicopter Rescue. In 1 November 2013 Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) was merged with EMQ to form a new department, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). In September 2013, the Government decided to amalgamate all Queensland Government air services under the PSBA from 1 July 2014, under the title QG Air.

Key Dates

19?? Queensland Government Rescue helicopter service first established.
19?? Service renamed Queensland Emergency Services (QES).
20?? Emergency Management Queensland formed
1 November 2013 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services established.
1 July 2014 QC Air formed.

Current Status

EMQ was absorbed into QG Air in 2014. The helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

EMQ helicopters operate in a red/white/blue colour scheme with EMQ Queensland titles on the cabin door.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

EMQ helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations in the VH-ESx sequence, e.g. Bell 412 VH-ESD.

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
Bell 412 3 2 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS350 1 ? 2005 contractor
Aerospatiale AS355 1 ? ? contractor
AgustaWestland AW139 3 ? current contractor
Bell 412 3 ? current contractor
Eurocopter EC135 1 2005 ? contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Emergency Management Queensland, Corner Park Road and Kedron Park Road, Kedron, Queensland, 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 EMQ helicopters are based at Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


None known.


Emergency Management Queensland
wikipedia: Emergency Management Queensland

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