In this section, you can find answers to the frequently asked questions about the Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter.
If you question cannot be answered here, please call the team on 06 878 1630 or email email@example.com who will be happy to help you.
Yes, the Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust is a registered charity in New Zealand. Our registration number is CC22791
The helicopter is based on the grounds of the Hawke's Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital at the Graeme Lowe Rescue Helicopter Hangar, Orchard Road, Hastings.
Anyone and everyone in a critical condition in the region.
We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The are several reasons why the Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter may be deployed including;
When a call is made to the emergency 111 number, the EACC (Emergency Ambulance Communication Centre) assesses the nature of the emergency and determine what services are required. If the EACC determines that the Rescue Helicopter service is required, the local Rescue Helicopter service will be deployed.
No. All of our services are complete free of charge to anyone who may need them.
On average, we fly over 300 life saving missions each year. You can keep up to date with our latest missions on our missions log.
The Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter has one main helicopter that services the Hawke's Bay region, and we are able to utilise a back up helicopter when required.
Our Rescue Helicopter is a BK117 B2.
This model is twin engine for safety, and has an interior designed for the provision of patient care, maximum efficiency, and the capacity to be multi-role. The BK117 has an external winch, and has a spacious cabin/cargo compartment to allow full access to the patient.
Our yearly operating costs are around $2.3 million, and while we recover some costs from the District Health Board, ACC and MOU, we need to fundraise a further $1.3 million each year to keep our service flying
Of course! You can organise a time to visit the rescue helicopter by calling (06) 878 1630. You will need to read and sign the HBHRT safety form about the safety requirements of base visits before visiting.
No, we are happy to have people visit the hangar.
Thank you! It are grateful to all our fundraisers, after all it's only with the support of people like you that we able to remain operational. Depending on the type of event you are organising, we can help to support you by;
Please give Laura a call on 06 878 1630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how we can support you
Absolutely! Volunteers are an essential asset to the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust, and we are always looking for willing people to help us achieve our aims! You don’t need any previous experience to volunteer with the Trust - a willing heart, enthusiasm and a ‘can do’ attitude are much more important to us. There are three ways that you can volunteer with us:
Visit our Volunteering Page to download our information pack, or contact Laura on 06 878 1630 for more information.
Our Rescue Helicopter is leased from Skyline Aviation who are a specialist provider of air ambulance services to the region. Skyline operate the Rescue Helicopter services for both the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust and the Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust in Gisborne. The company also provides both fixed wing air ambulance services and helicopter charter services throughout New Zealand from their Napier base.
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