A long-time member of the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter team has finally retired but it’s not one of the team . . . it’s the trusty red Mazda 3 that has served as crew car for the past few years.
The need for the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter to upgrade to an Instrument Flight Rules-capable aircraft became even more clear after the team’s work was hampered by a week of low-lying cloud.
Even lifesavers need to have a life and members of the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter team get great cover from Search and Rescue Services Ltd colleagues like pilot Spence Putwain.
Three years after joining the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter team, Kelley Waite leaves a busy base with hundreds of missions under her belt.
It’s enough to make a landlubber lose their lunch without even leaving the ground, but SRSL’s portable flight simulator is a critical new training tool for rescue helicopter services.
With just three-quarters of the year gone the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter had already completed more missions than for the whole of last year.
he week started with a maintenance flight to Hawke’s Bay and ended with bad weather that hampered flying, but the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter still managed a schedule of five rescue missions during the week from last Monday.
Wednesday was a hectic day for helicopter rescues in the region with the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter backed up by aircraft from outside the district.
The crew from St John weren’t the only ones to meet the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter team when they responded to a trauma at Ruatoria on Saturday afternoon.
Kim Cranswick had hoped for a glimpse of the stars during a rare tour of Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1, at Mahia Peninsula, but was instead grounded by a couple of cyclones.
A growing demand for service from the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter continued over the last week with a packed schedule of rescue missions.
The delivery of a helicopter shell will offer emergency responders a ground-based winch-training facility as close to real life as possible.
Aside from responding to a personal locator beacon activation at Toatoa on July 31, all missions flown by the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter in the last week took the team up the East Coast.
This year’s Westpac Chopper Appeal Month resulted in a $12,109 donation for the Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust to help keep the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter in the air.
An extra-fast turnaround meant the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter had to be hot-fuelled between jobs that took it first to Ruatoria, then in a separate mission to Hicks Bay.
Even the numbers recorded don’t tell the whole story of just how busy Rescue Helicopter crews were when operating out of the Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust hangar in the week after Cyclone Gabrielle.
Less than 16 hours after a State of Emergency was declared in Gisborne, back-up arrived to support the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter team as the latest weather event unfolded.
Thomas Grantham laughs when he says barbers were the first surgeons, but he’s not joking . . . until the 19th century “barber-surgeons” did everything from pulling teeth to setting broken bones.
It was a polytech course that led Gareth McDougall to the work in adventure tourism that in turn led to paramedicine. And it was that career that brought him back to his home town of Gisborne.
The arrival of two new team members brings the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter team of critical care flight paramedics up to the optimum number needed to operate in the region.
Months of wet weather is continuing to impact the East Coast where the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter had to set down in a rocky riverbed.
A domino effect of call-outs saw the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter off-base for nearly 20 hours, with a sister service swooping in to provide cover for the region.
The Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter will land wherever it can, which last week saw it perched on a track etched into an exposed ridgeline.
In a time of rising costs golfers rose to the occasion to make last week’s Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust Charity Golf Tournament a winning fundraising event.
Neil Kitchen has for years played in the Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust’s annual Charity Golf Tournament, never thinking he would need the rescue service himself . . .
WESTPAC Bank’s annual Chopper Appeal Month starts today and a Gisborne whanau is sharing their story to encourage donations to keep our community safe.
The Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter brought an extra pilot on so the team had four pairs of eyes – instead of the usual three – for a search off the coast of Gisborne on Monday.
With former Defence Force members in their crew, acknowledging Anzac Day with a Dawn Service flyover means a lot to the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter team.
While the crew say they were “just doing their jobs”, members of the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter team have received special acknowledgement for their work in the days and weeks after Cyclone Gabrielle.
The job of base manager for the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter service requires a lot of commitment, but paramedic Richard Curtis says he’s up for the challenge.
Ruatoria rugby powerhouse Ario Rewi says that, for her, a flight on the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter was the difference between life and death.
Regular – and grateful – users of the Trust Tairāwhiti Eastland Rescue Helicopter service, an East Coast community pulled off their own spectacular fundraiser.
Lifelong hunter John Sheridan would be the first to admit that, without the kind people of our region who support the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust, he would not be with us today.
Long-time supporters of the ECT Rescue Helicopter Kim and Kate Mossman have first-hand experience of the service after Kim suffered injuries that would make any man shiver.