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Chopper service at no cost

Sheenal Sharma
Thursday, December 13, 2012

THE Emergency Helicopter Services Limited in partnership with HeliPro Fiji will provide assistance for search and rescue operations at sea and medical evacuation.

The two not-for-profit organisations will work closely with the Ministry of Health, DISMAC, Fiji Navy, St John Ambulance, Fiji Red Cross, Fiji Police Force and the National Fire Authority.

HeliPro Fiji's country manager Graeme Hedge said the company would provide free service to the Fiji community.

Mr Hedge said they would work closely with the navy during search and rescue operations at sea.

"We will have a response time of 30 minutes," he said.

Mr Hedge said the helicopter would be equipped with two stretchers to allow for patients to be transferred to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

He said they would also work with DISMAC during times of cyclone or flooding.

"We will help carry passengers or medical personnel that need to be put out to certain areas," he said.

Mr Hedge said one helicopter would be available to provide the service when needed.

"The helicopter will be provided with two pilots and a crewman," he said.

Fiji Navy Commander John Fox said the helicopter would assist them in search and rescue operations.

"It will enhance our capability in search and rescue services," he said.

Cdr Fox said they used the helicopter last week to carry out search and rescue operations in Levuka.





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