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Upgraded Helicopter Base unveiled in Tamworth

19 Sep 2017


The official opening was attended by local dignitaries and was marked with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the state-of-the-art new facility.

NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Chief Executive Richard Jones and

NSW Ambulance and Hunter New England Local Health District staff met with hard-working local aeromedical managers and staff to inspect first-hand the significant upgrades to the base.

Zone Manager Terry Watson led attendees on a tour of the base following the official proceedings, allowing visitors to see how the upgrades have improved workflows and delivered a more advanced facility to support staff in delivering exceptional critical care.

Among the suite of upgrades delivered at the Tamworth base is a larger operations room, more accommodating office spaces for duty managers and expanded, purpose built engineering space to service the bigger and safer fleet of AW139 helicopters, introduced into service under our new 10 year contract.

These upgrades have also delivered improved rest accommodation to better support NSW Ambulance staff in meeting the requirements of 24 hour base operations.

The opening of the base follows the official opening of the $5.5 million Belmont base in July this year, with the new $5 million Lismore base also officially opened earlier this month.

These upgrades have been funded as part of the NSW Government’s $151.2 million state-wide Helicopter Retrieval Network, and will provide local staff with a suite of improved facilities that will better support them in delivering an enhanced standard of aeromedical and rescue services to residents throughout northern NSW.

Each and every mission from Tamworth has a NSW Ambulance Paramedic and NSW Health Doctor on board. The upgrades to the NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tamworth base better support the delivery of 24/7 critical medical care to patients across northern NSW – no matter how remote they may be.

It also highlights our joint commitment to delivering high quality emergency clinical care and aeromedical services to remote and regional NSW communities further and faster than ever before.

The expanded capabilities of the Tamworth base, which together with the new bases delivered at Belmont and Lismore will play a vital role in meeting the emergency medical care needs of communities across the state’s north well into the future.