25 September 2023

Choppers smile at new helicopter base

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The Minister for Emergency Services, Mick Gentleman has announced that the rescue helicopter base at Hume has been upgraded and is now in operation.

Mr Gentleman said the helibase houses the Toll SouthCare Rescue Helicopter and its flight crews who provide expert aeromedical and rescue operations to the ACT and NSW region.

He said the upgraded helibase had been carefully planned and designed to provide a purpose-built facility that benefitted the community and helibase staff.

“Upgrades include remote activated doors that enable crews to get off the ground and in the air quicker,” Mr Gentleman said.

“The new landing pad includes a specialist aircraft lighting system that guides aircraft into the landing zone safely at night, ensuring the safety of our crews on board and on the ground.”

He said that under cross-border funding arrangements with NSW, $2.7 million had supported the extensive upgrade to the helicopter base.

“The helibase is part of the invaluable partnership between Toll, SouthCare and the NSW Government and demonstrates our commitment to caring for communities of the ACT and surrounding regions now and into the future,” the Minister said.

“The Toll SouthCare Rescue Helicopter team services a large regional area including Moruya, Bega, Eden, Snowy Mountains, Cooma, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Hay, Narrandera, Temora, Harden, Crookwell and Goulburn,” he said.

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