Hunter Region Surf Life Saving Association

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

Key Facts

Short Name:
Nickname: unknown
Main Role: EMS
Secondary Role: Search & Rescue
First Formed: n/a
Parent Unit: Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service
Current Status: Active


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.


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

Figure 1
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Main Bases

Base Duration
Newcastle 1975 – current
Tamworth 2000 – current

More Information


Other Sources

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