Fuel donation a lifesaver for North Burnett

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bundaberg-based pilot, Rowan Scholes, together with aircrewman Shayne White, attended a ceremony yesterday at the Council’s chambers in Gayndah and gratefully accepted the donation on behalf of the rescue service. 
NBRC have been long-time supporters of the charity organisation, contributing more than $50,000 worth of funding over five years of loyal support.  
The fuel card will allow RACQ LifeFlight Rescue to access a new, 24-hour, all-weather fuel pump based at the recently refurbished Gayndah Aerodrome, a key refuelling station for aeromedical rescue services and allows RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters to fly long range missions to assist patients across remote Queensland locations.

The fuel card donation is the first of its kind from NBRC and will make a lifesaving difference in time-critical missions and bad weather, helping to reduce the total mission travel time.
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers advised that LifeFlight offered an invaluable, lifesaving service to the North Burnett and as their tagline states, their help extends to anyone, anywhere at any time.
“North Burnett Regional Council is pleased to have supported this priceless service since 2012 by means of an annual $10,000 donation,” Mayor Chambers said.
“This year we have given LifeFlight a fuel card to increase the value of the service within the total donation of $10,000, which will enable them to access fuel at our cost price from the Gayndah Aerodrome, which in turn will increase the level of serviceability in bad weather in the area. We thank Life Flight for their service in our area.”
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bundaberg-based pilot, Rowan Scholes routinely flies into Gayndah and knows the Council’s donation will help to save even more lives in the region.     
“The $10,000 fuel donation from the North Burnett Regional Council will assist our service to the area from all LifeFlight Bases, particularly during bad weather,” said Rowan.

The streamlined process will help to decrease refueling times and ensure patients with time-critical injuries can receive lifesaving treatment sooner.
Since the beginning of the year, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue has flown 61 missions to the North Burnett region, landing at the scene of motor vehicle accidents, near-drowning incidents and transferring patients to specialist care hospitals.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support.

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