RACQ CareFlight Mount Isa’s Rescue Helicopter was tasked on its first mission Saturday morning to Cloncurry.
The crew airlifted a male in his mid-fifties who had suffered a stroke, to Mount Isa Hospital.
It has been eight days since RACQ CareFlight Mount Isa’s Rescue Helicopter came online, and the crews have been waiting patiently for the first mission, so they can help the people of the region.
“For the people of North West Queensland, many of whom live in extremely remote areas, the presence of a community rescue helicopter is seen as a lifeline,” said CareFlight Group Chairman Hon. Rob Borbidge AO.
“News of our first mission today is a huge win for the local community and I congratulate the crew involved for its hard work and professionalism,” he said.
Mount Isa is Careflight’s newest base following the recent merger with local rescue helicopter service RACQ NQ Rescue.
“RACQ CareFlight Rescue is always pleased to increase its blanket of care where there is a clear need,” said Mr Borbidge.
“By servicing Mount Isa and the surrounding regions like we have done today, it is allowing us to save even more lives across Queensland.”
“However like with all our community bases, CareFight’s Mount Isa service will only be as strong as the support we receive from the communities in this region,”
“We hope the Mount Isa community will help to keep us in the air.”