Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service
English Title:
Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service (SCHRS) was incorporated in November 1979 and began flying operations the following month. Initially based at the Big Cow at Yandina, Queensland, in 1983 the helicopter moved to the Sunshine Coast Airport. A second helicopter was obtained in 1985, and a third in 1997. In 1998 the original helicopter was deployed to Bundaberg on a 3-year trial basis. The trial was a success and the Bundaberg base made permanent. In July 2013 the service merged with the similar CareFlight operation further down the coast.

Key Dates

21 November 1979 Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service (SCHRS) incorporated.
15 December 1979 SCHRS starts flying.
1983 Base moved to Sunshine Coast Airport.
1985 Second helicopter obtained.
March 1998 Start of trial period for a Bundaberg-based helicopter.
1998 Service renamed Energex Community Rescue Helicopter.
July 2001 Bundaberg helicopter made permanent.
2006 New base facilities opened.
2009 Service renamed AGL Action Rescue Helicopter.
July 2013 SCHRS merges with CareFlight.

Current Status

The SCHRS merged with Careflight in 2013, and is no longer a separate organisation.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


Special Markings

The SCHRS helicopters have changes colour schemes a number of times, thanks to changes in sponsorship. In the Energex period they had an overall white scheme with a blue and green marking based on the Energex logo, and ‘energex Community Rescue’ titles on the fuselage sides. In the AGL period they had an overall white scheme with areas of blue and red on the fuselage, with AGL ACTION RESCUE titles on the cabin doors.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopters carried Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. BK117 VH-BKV.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


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 206 JetRanger 1 1979 2001 USA
Bell 206L LongRanger 1 1985 2013 USA
MBB BK117B 1 1997 2013 Japan
MBB BK117C 1 ? 2013 Germany

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service, Sunshine Coast Airport, Marcoola, Queensland.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments 2013

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The helicopters were based at Sunshine Coast Airport (Marcoola) and Bundaberg.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information


None known.


To be added


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