LifeFlight and Flying Doctors open hangar doors to lifesaving services

North West Queensland residents and visitors will have the opportunity to take a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aircraft, when they open the hangar door on Saturday May 27 for the Emergency Services Open Day.

The community event will be held at the RFDS hangar at Mount Isa Airport and will provide the chance for everyone to visit the hangar, see the aircraft and state-of-the-art equipment which both services use to save lives. RFDS and LifeFlight crews will be at the base on the day to give guided tours of the aircraft, and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, Ambulance and Police will also have vehicles on display for the public.

Royal Flying Doctor Service CEO Nino Di Marco says the open day presents a unique opportunity for the public. It’s the first time the base has held an open day since the Aeromedical Joint Operations Oversight Committee (a collaboration between RFDS, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, local councils and other emergency services) was formed in October last year.

“The Flying Doctor team in Mount Isa help over 6,300 patients each year through a combination of aeromedical and primary health care services including running over 300 GP clinics through-out the central and north-west region of Queensland.”

“In an emergency though it is often a team effort and we will work in partnership with other local emergency services like Queensland Ambulance and RACQ LifeFlight to ensure we can provide the best possible care to our patients.”

The close collaboration between these iconic services has benefited the region by allowing a more coordinated use of available aeromedical assets.

LifeFlight CEO Ashley van de Velde welcomed the collaboration with RFDS, and the opportunity to allow the public to get a better understanding and insight into the work of local emergency services.

“The collaboration between LifeFlight and the Royal Flying Doctor Service has been vital to improving patient care in the region,” he said.

“The open day is yet another chance to grow this relationship and connect with local emergency services, and the community. We’re very proud of the lifesaving service we provide to the North West and it’s important for people to see and hear about the amazing work that we do.”

The Emergency Services Open Day on Saturday 27 May will run from 9am to 11am and will feature a patient loading display by medical crews from road ambulance to aircraft, face painting, raffles, merchandise, a colouring in competition, and lots more family activities.

The event is supported by the Mount Isa Rotary Club, who will be putting on a barbeque on the day. Entry is free.