Surat Gas Aero-Medical Service
The Surat Gas Aero-Medical Service was created by Queensland's CSG-LNG operators Arrow Energy, Origin, QGC and Santos.
The service was established in April 2011 to minimise the impact industry development has on local emergency medical services. Operated by LifeFlight, it has proved to be a medical lifeline for the community of Queensland’s remote South West region.
Two medically configured Bell 412 helicopters based at Roma and Toowoomba service an area that’s roughly 270,000 square kilometres, is spread across eight council boundaries and has a population of nearly 210,000 people.
LifeFlight's integrated aviation and medical team are permanently on-call to provide round-the-clock emergency care, every day of the year. The team can be airborne within 30 minutes during the day and under 60 minutes at night.
Since inception, more than 170 patients have been airlifted and received the life saving care the service provides.
The emergencies can range from serious motor vehicle and farming accidents, venomous snake bites and urgent hospital transfers.