Hervey Bay helpers: WE NEED YOU!

The rescue chopper service, which is always here to help the community, is now asking the community for a hand.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is recruiting an army of Hervey Bay volunteers, as demand for the service grows in the region.

The buzz of RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters is familiar to Fraser Coast locals, with more than 340 airlifts to and from the region in the 2018-2019 financial year.

With a record number of missions performed by the Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper, in the past year and construction of a new base underway, the service needs local supporters more than ever.

The passionate volunteers will fundraise in the community and in turn, help rescue crews continue to provide locals with 24/7 access to emergency medical care.

From next year, that care will come from the new aeromedical base, which will be jointly used by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and RFDS, replacing the current, shared hangar.

Designed and built specifically to meet the needs of the aeromedical services, the base will improve health and safety standards, medical equipment storage, aircraft maintenance and upgrade amenities for both patients and staff.

Community fundraising manager, Jodi Durkin, believes volunteering is a priceless gift to the community.

"Last year the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters responded to 2,003 lifesaving missions across Queensland," she said.

"More than 200 volunteers are the backbone of the LifeFlight Foundation, helping to raise vital funds to keep saving Queensland lives and providing rescue crews with the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment."

But more helpers are needed in Hervey Bay and LifeFlight is encouraging locals to get involved and sign up, to give back.

Hervey Bay locals ready to be part of the action, are invited to a free morning tea next Wednesday 7th August.