South West Emergency Helicopter service
Project status: In progress
Communities in the South-West, Peel and Great Southern regions will directly benefit from a $29.5 million Royalties for Regions investment in Western Australia's first regional rescue helicopter.
Based in Bunbury, the new South West Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service will provide greater regional coverage and improved emergency response, rescue, medical attention and health outcomes in regional Western Australia.
This investment complements the current Jandakot-based Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service.
The South West Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service is expected to commence its flying missions in the first half of 2016. It will respond to incidents including motor vehicle accidents, other trauma injuries and, search and rescue missions. The service is also expected to undertake critical care patient transfers from regional medical facilities to tertiary hospitals.
Since the establishment of the Perth-based Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service in 2003, more than 4,230 missions have been flown, saving hundreds of lives. This second service will undoubtedly improve the safety of people living and travelling in the regions, through the delivery of critical medical care in emergency situations. The two services combined, will cover more than 95% of the state's population.