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Local business provides extra ‘lift’ for CareFlight

RACQ CareFlight Rescue officially accepted a generous donation of two forklifts at its Toowoomba Base this week.

Owner of Toowoomba Forklift Service, Reece Beutel visited the Toowoomba’s Clive Berghofer CareFlight Centre on Wednesday to formally handover the equipment keys to CareFlight engineer Andrew Luck.

The donated forklifts will be used by CareFlight’s Toowoomba and Archerfield engineering teams to assist with the completion of essential helicopter maintenance.  

CareFlight Relationship Manager, Sarah Delahunty said the equipment will have a significant impact on ensuring crucial maintenance routines can be completed efficiently.

“This donation will help to ensure the choppers can be ready to help people in need as quickly as possible,” she said.

“For each hour our rescue helicopters are in the air, a staggering two and a half hours of maintenance is required to keep the aircraft in top condition.”

The forklifts were given a custom fit-out in the iconic CareFlight blue and yellow colours, as well as extra safety features to ensure they will be suitable for working at heights to service the aircraft. 

Ms Delahunty explains Toowoomba Forklift Service has been a long-term supporter of the not-for-profit organisation.

“Reece has donated his time and services to assist with our maintenance requirements for many years, but the donation of these forklifts will make a huge impact on day-to-day tasks for our engineers.” 

“Community support is really crucial to what we do,” Ms Delahunty said.

“With a third of our funding coming from the communities we support, both local businesses and individuals know they are making a real difference to helping people.”