New rescue helicopter follow's Don's life-saving tradition
DON Moffatt spent years helping save lives as a board member and chairman of LifeFlight and now the new rescue helicopter that bears his name has begun following in his footsteps.
LifeFlight's new Sunshine Coast-based Augusta Westland AW139 took to the skies last night to transfer a 49-year-old woman from Gladstone Hospital to Nambour General Hospital.
The rescue service reported the woman arrived at Nambour in a stable condition and the mission involved a total three-and-a-half hours.
LifeFlight announced at a private function on February 17 to farewell Mr Moffatt that the new helicopter would bear his name.
In a statement, the service said the helicopter was manufactured in Italy and assembled by four engineers at Archerfield over 112 hours before being fitted out by Caloundra company HeliMods last year.
The helicopter has a top speed of 270km/h and can lift up to 2200kg.
LifeFlight General Manager Operations, Brian Guthrie, said the faster, high-tech helicopters created real lifesaving benefits for the Queensland community with their speed and efficiency along with the capacity to deliver world class air medical patient care.
"The 139 is a faster aircraft which means we can get to our patients quicker and transport them to advanced specialist care quicker," Mr Guthrie said.
"With a sophisticated Emergency Medical Service fitout, patients will also receive better medical care from our expert medical crew while they're in the air."