Ambulance Service of New South Wales

Operator Profile

History

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.

Markings

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

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.

Organisation

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

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

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

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Snowy Hydro SouthCare

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter provides EMS and rescue services to people in the ACT and South-eastern NSW. Its naming sponsor is the Snowy Hydro hydro-electric company. The service was launched on 1 October 1998. Some time before 2006 it moved its base from Canberra IAP to a dedicated facility in Symonston.

Key Dates

1 October 1998 Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter service first established.
20?? SHSC base moved to dedicated facility at Symonston.

Current Status

The SHSC helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

Special Markings

The SHSC helicopter originally flew in a white and green colour scheme, with a red diagonal stripe separating the two main colours. ‘SouthCare’ titles were displayed on the tail boom and ‘Snowy Hydro’ titles on the cabin doors. The logo of the Ambulance Service of New South Wales was carried on the cockpit doors. A new colour colour scheme comprising a green tail boom, white fuselage and a blue rotor fairing and upper fuselage was later introduced. The position of the titles was revised so that they always read SnowyHydro – SouthCare on both the port and starboard sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The SHSC helicopter carries an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bell 412 VH-NSC.

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 412 1 1998 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Snowy Hydro SouthCare, Emergency Services Complex, 82 David Warren Road, Hume ACT 2620, 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 SHSC helicopter is based at the Emergency Services Complex at Symonston, a region of Canberra.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Originally based at Canberra International Airport the SHSC, the helicopter later moved to a dedicated facility at Symonston.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Skids Up

Websites

SA Health
wikipedia: Snowy Hydro SouthCare

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MBB BK 117

in Emergency Helicopter Services Fiji Use

History

One Japanese-built BK 117A-4 obtained under contract from HELiPRO Fiji. Shipped from Auckland in July 2012, and had arrived in Fiji and been test flown by 1 OCtober 2012. It entered service with EHS Fiji in early December 2012. Used for EMS and Search & Rescue duties.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
ZK-HYO 1016 JA9699 Dec 2012  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Emergency Helicopter Services Fiji

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Emergency Helicopter Services Fiji was first established in 2012, established to provide the Fijian and tourist population with a professional Medevac and Search & Rescue service. The helicopter began operations in early December 2012.

Key Dates

2012 Emergency Helicopter Services Ltd first established.
December 2012 First helicopter delivered – MBB BK117.
11 November 2014 Contractor HELiPRO is closed down.

Current Status

EHS Fiji appears to be still operating, despite the fact that contracted helicopter operator HELiPRO went into receivership in November 2014 and has now closed down its entire New Zealand operation.

Future Plans

No plans known. A new helicopter operator to replace HELiPRO is likely to be required.


Markings

Special Markings

The EHS Fiji helicopter operates in the standard overall red colour scheme of HELiPRO.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The EHS Fiji helicopter currently operates in Fiji under its New Zealand registration. It is not clear if it will be issued with a new DQ-registration eventually.

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
MBB BK 117 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
MBB BK 117 1 2012 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Emergency Helicopter Services Ltd, Suva, Fiji.

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 helicopter is based at Suva Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

  • Facebook: Emergency Helicopter Services Fiji
  • Emergency Helicopter Services
  • The Fiji Times Online
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  • St John Papua New Guinea Rescue Helicopter

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    St John Papua New Guinea is a non-governmental organisation which is part of the international charity known as the Order of St John. The Papua New Guinea branch was first established in the 1960s. St John runs an ambulance service under an agreement with the Department of Health. Between 2007 and 2010, at least, St John PNG operated an emergency rescue helicopter. This now appears to have been withdrawn.

    Key Dates

    196? St John PNG established.
    19?? Ambulance service launched
    ?? First helicopter delivered
    20?? Helicopter withdrawn from use

    Current Status

    There is no mention of the helicopter on the current St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance service web page.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    National Insignia

    It is not clear what special markings the St John PNG helicopter carried.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    Aircraft operating with St John PNG carry Papua New Guinea civil registrations, i.e. P2-xxx.

    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 206 JetRanger 1 ?? ?? USA

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    PO Box 6075, Boroko N.C.D, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

    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 helciopter was presumably based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

    St John Papua New Guinea
    Facebook St John Ambulance Service PNG
    St John Association of Papua New Guinea

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    St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance Service
    use of the Bell 206 JetRanger

    Aircraft Details

    History

    One Bell 206 JetRanger obtained at an unknown date. Used by the St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance Service. Believed to be still in service in 2007. Retired at an unknown date. No information appears to be available on the identity of this helicopter.


    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
    P2-0??? n/a   ? wfu ?


    Pictures

    None at present.

    More Information

    References

    Other Sources

    To be added.

    Current Unit Assignments

    of New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Providers
    Unit Type Base
    North Island
    Northland Emergency Services Trust 3 x S-76A Whangerei, Northland
    Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust 2 x BK117D2 Auckland City, Auckland
    Airwork Flight Operations 1 x Westwind 2 Auckland Airport, Auckland
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x BK117B2 Hamilton, Waikato
    Westpac Air Ambulance 1 x MU-2, 1 x PA-31 Chieftain Hamilton, Waikato
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Taupo, Waikato
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x AS 350 Gisborne, East Coast
    Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x BK117B2 Hastings, Hawke’s Bay
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
    Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x A109 Power New Plymouth, Taranaki
    Life Flight Trust 1 x BK117,
    1 x Jetstream 32, 2 x Metroliner
    Wellington City, Wellington
    South Island
    Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x BK117, 1 x AS 350BA Nelson, Marlborough
    Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust 1 x BK117B2 Christchuch, Canterbury
    NZCC Rescue Helicopter 1 x AS 350 Greymouth, West Coast
    Lakes District Air Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Queenstown, Otago
    Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x BK117B2 Dunedin, Otago
    Southern Lakes Helicopters 1 x AS350 Te Anau, Southland

    New Zealand Aeromedical Service Providers

    Operators Overview

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Given the low population density of New Zealand and the large distances between hospitals, Air Ambulance and helicopter rescue services have become a vital amenity.

    From the 1950s fixed-wing aircraft were being used to transport critically ill patients in remote aereas ot larger hospitals. The Kaitāia Aero Club operated an air ambulance from 1952 – first using a Fox Moth aeroplane and then a twin-engined Dominie.

    In late 1970 the first rescue helicopter service was launched in Auckland. This pioneering programme was soon imitated in other parts of the country. By the 1980s there were several rescue helicopter services operating. These high profile services soon attracted commercial sponsors. From about 1990 the creation of Charitable Trusts to administer the services was widely adopted.

    Once source says that aeromedical services are currently provided by 18 rescue helicopter trusts, and 12 companies and clubs operating fixed-wing aircraft – although only 13 trusts and 2 companies have been traced. These organisations are contracted by the government to ensure all regions have an ambulance service. Rescue helicopters also assist with police and search and rescue operations.

    Public aeromedical services receive less than half of their funding from government, the rest comes from public donations and commercial sponsorship.

    Key Dates

    late 1970 First rescue helicopter service launched in Auckland.
    1986 Commercial sponsors start providing funding.
    1990 Charitable Trusts become the preferred administration model.

    Current Status

    There are reportedly 18 rescue helicopter trusts and 12 companies and clubs providing public aeromedical services, altough only 13 trusts and 2 companies have been traced.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

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

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    Aircraft and helicopters carry standard New Zealand 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 111 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

    Wikipedia: Emergency Medical Services in New Zealand
    The Air Rescue Group
    Helis.com: New Zealand
    New Zealand Rescue Helicopters
    New Zealand Air Ambulances
    Ambulance Services
    NZ SAR

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    All-Time Units Listing

    of New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Providers

    This page lists all the New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Providers, since the service’s introduction.

    Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
    Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust
    Central Region Emergency Services Trust
    Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust
    Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust (Eastland Community Trust)
    Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust (Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service)
    Lakes District Air Rescue Trust
    Life Flight Trust
    New Zealand Air Ambulance Service
    Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust
    Northland Emergency Services Trust
    Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust (Otago Helicopters)
    Philips Search and Rescue Trust
    Southern Lakes Helicopters
    Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust (Taranaki Electricity Trust)

    Air Ambulance Services (Bahamas)
    use of the Beech Super King Air 200

    Aircraft Details

    History

    One Beech King Air 200 obtained in 1999 and replaced by another in 2006. Used in the Air Ambulance role .


    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
    N???AA ? ? 1999 replaced in 2006, to ??
    N???AA ? ? Oct 2006  


    Pictures

    None at present.

    More Information

    References

    Other Sources

    To be added.