Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue records busy start to 2017
Yesterday the Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight has recorded a busy start to the new year after completing 4 missions over a 14 hour period which included one inter hospital transfer from Warwick and three critical missions.
The three critical missions included airlifting a 25 year old male from a bush rave party at Mount Lindsay to Gold Coast Hospital, the patient was suffering from the effects of suspected drug use.
A second mission was flown to Maroon Dam where a 32 year old male water skier sustained a suspected broken limb after falling from his ski.
The service also flew to the Bunya Mountains on the Western Downs to airlift an 18 year old female with an existing medical condition who was suffering from a suspected seizure.
The busy start comes as no surprise to the community rescue service with its Toowoomba base experiencing record numbers of patient movements every year, increasing most significantly from 506 in 2014-15 to 551 in 2015-16 – a jump of almost 10% which is expected to continue increasing year on year.
More lives will be saved after a new deal was secured between LifeFlight and gas company consortium members which will see improved availability from aircraft in the region.
The Toowoomba base will now have greater access to two LifeFlight Bell 412 Rescue helicopters which will ensure a greater ability to respond to more lifesaving missions in the community and a more reliable service for patients in their hour of need.
The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew would like to thank the Ipswich, Boonah and Beaudesert Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics for all their amazing efforts and assistance throughout the day.