SET FOR TAKE OFF: The new HEMS 4 Air Ambulance helicopter at Warrnambool Airport. The chopper begins service on Wednesday. Picture: Rob GunstoneAFASTERnewrescue chopper is set to service the south-west from 7am Wednesday.
It is the first upgrade for the Warrnambool-basedHelicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)4, which transportedits first patient in July 2009, after a concerted 13-year community campaign.
HEMS 4 team manager and MICA paramedic Peter Jenkin said the new AgustaWestland AW-139 twin engine helicopter was ready totransport critically ill patients.
He said the state-of-the-art chopper wouldbe able to reach more people due to its increased endurance and speed.
“We will be able to get time critical patients to definitive care faster,” he said.
“The advanced technology of this machine will improve safety for all on-board occupants.”
Thehelicopterrespondsto major trauma incidents, search and rescue operations, life-threatening medical emergencies and transfers critically ill patients from rural to major Melbourne hospitals.
Sky high The Warrnambool HEMS 4 crew examine the new helicopter. Picture: Rob Gunstone
The Warrnambool HEMS 4 crew examine the new helicopter. Picture: Rob Gunstone
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