Record-breaking work for RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews have followed their busiest weekend of 2017 with seven more lifesaving missions today.

Rescue helicopters from Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Roma were called into action today with six additional hospital transfers and one emergency landing at the scene of a quad bike accident this morning.

LifeFlight's Roma based Surat Gas Aero-Medical Service (SGAS) helicopter airlifted a man in his 50s who suffered serious injuries following the accident at a property west of Roma.

The man had been mustering cattle on his quad bike on a friend's property, when he hit an obstruction on the ground which caused the vehicle to roll on top of him.

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics were first on the scene to treat the patient for suspected head and chest injuries.

The SGAS helicopter crew was called to the scene at 9:37am. The man was airlifted in a critical condition to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane for further treatment.

The weekend was a record for 2017 for RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews who completed 18 rescues in just over 48 hours, including 10 emergencies where the helicopter crews were called to the scene of an accident and eight lifesaving hospital transfers.

Crews airlifted patients aged between 18 months and 78 years with a range of injuries and illnesses, including suspected spinal injuries, leg fractures and cardiac conditions.

The helicopter crews were able to treat and transport all weekend patients to hospitals around Queensland with assistance from QAS paramedics.

LifeFlight Chief Operating Officer Brian Guthrie said the record number of airlifts showed the vital role that LifeFlight crews played in the emergency services network in Queensland – irrespective of whether people came from the city or the country.

“LifeFlight takes pride in the fact that our community helicopters were able to help 25 people in their hour of need over the past three days from all over the state,” said Mr Guthrie.

“Our helicopters are on standby around the clock to provide a vital lifesaving service across 41 council regions in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

“Our crews work together to make sure if one helicopter is already on a mission, another will take the call.”

The busy three-day period comes only days before Queensland school holidays start this weekend.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was particularly important motorists remain extra vigilant behind the wheel over the coming weeks.

“There’s likely to be a lot of congestion on the roads as people head away for school holidays and the upcoming Easter long weekend,” said Ms Ritchie.

“It’s vital motorists pack their patience and take their time. Many motorists will head off on journeys longer than they’re used to, so it’s important they plan their trip and take regular breaks to avoid driving fatigued."