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RACQ CareFlight Rescue unveils Bundaberg chopper

The distinct blue and yellow of RACQ CareFlight Rescue’ s lifesaving helicopters can now be spotted in the skies over the Wide Bay Burnett region, with the freshly painted helicopter unveiled by Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey this morning.

Decked out in RACQ’s livery, the 850 horse power BK117 stands ready to assist the residents of Bundaberg, Gladstone, North Burnett, Fraser Coast, Gympie and surrounding areas.

CareFlight Group Queensland CEO Ashley van de Velde said the lifesaving service was vital to the region, one of the busiest areas of CareFlight’s extensive Queensland rescue zone.

“Four hundred and seventeen missions were flown in the Wide Bay Burnett Region last year,” he said.

 “That represents so many lives saved and changed for the better because of our rapid response medical care.
 
“We are very proud to provide this lifesaving service to the community of Bundaberg.”
 
The RACQ, Queensland’s largest club and motoring organisation, now sponsors CareFlight Rescue helicopters in Bundaberg, Toowoomba and on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, along with three other services across Queensland.
 
RACQ Director Nigel Alexander said RACQ was proud to continue its support for CareFlight’s vital services, which recently expanded to include the Wide Bay Burnett region, through a $1.5 million contribution every year over the next five years.
 
“RACQ CareFlight plays a major role in helping our members and other motorists, with more than a third of its rescue missions in the region assisting road crash victims or other critically ill or injured people,” Mr Alexander said.
 
“From today RACQ CareFlight can continue to provide its essential services to the people of the Wide Bay Burnett region with this newly serviced helicopter sporting the RACQ CareFlight colours.”
 
CareFlight CEO Ashley van de Velde said the extension of RACQ’s support to include the Wide Bay Burnett showed the dedication RACQ had to the lifesaving service.
 
“RACQ has been a partner with CareFlight Rescue for 20 years,” he said.
 
“Last year more than 1,400 patients were airlifted by RACQ CareFlight Rescue and thousands more owe their lives to this partnership over the last two decades.
 
“The service is there for not only RACQ club members but all Queenslanders,” he said.