NSW Health, January 25, 2018 - Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard recently joined NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan in officially opening the new world-standard Bankstown NSW Ambulance & Toll Rescue Helicopter Base.
The trio were also joined by Toll Global Logistics President Chris Pearce, Toll aircrew, local NSW Ambulance helicopter doctors and critical care paramedics in touring the Bankstown base, marking a significant milestone for the Helicopter Retrieval Network.
Patient rescue, retrieval and treatment services have been operating from the new NSW Ambulance & Toll Rescue Helicopter Base in Sydney over the past 12 months and over 1200 missions have been completed from Bansktown in this time. It houses three AW139 aircrafts online 24/7/365 and a state of the art maintenance facility that ensures the entire fleet is ready to respond to any mission across the state of NSW.
Commissioner Morgan said the Bankstown base features three helicopter and servicing hangars and a state-of-the-art training centre with simulators, a water training pool, medical simulation rooms and an auditorium.
“Already we are considered by emergency care providers around the world as the benchmark aeromedical care provider by which they measure their operations and standard of care,” Mr Morgan said.
“This facility ensures every aeromedical staff member will be trained to the highest possible standards.”
The NSW Ambulance & Toll Rescue Helicopter fleet is made up of eight new purpose-built best in class Agusta Westland 139 (AW139) helicopters, which deliver the latest in performance, safety and innovation – assisting NSW Ambulance helicopter doctors and paramedics to reach patients in remote areas, further and faster than ever before.
This contact forms part of the NSW Government’s new state-wide Helicopter Retrieval Network. Under the NSW Government’s Reform Plan for Aeromedical (Rotary Wing) Retrieval Services in NSW, the state has been divided into two distinct aeromedical retrieval zones – the Northern Zone and Southern Zone.
The Bankstown base also includes the ACE Training Centre, a world class training facility with highly realistic mission simulation technology for all air and medical crew. The purpose-built centre includes specialist medical training rooms and helicopter simulation technology such as HUET theatre, a virtual reality training system and full flight AW139 simulator, the only OEM sim in Australia.
Inauguration of the air ambulance transport base: