Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Gladstone Based Careflight Medical Evacuation Helicopter Launched Tuesday

From:  The Gladstone Observer

The new Gladstone Airport-based medical evacuation helicopter was officially launched by Queensland's four LNG proponents in Gladstone on Tuesday 19 March.  The chopper is primarily dedicated to respond to on-site incidents for workers on Curtis Island, and on mainland LNG project construction.

Rod Duke, LNG industry representative and vice president of Santos GLNG, said the service had been eagerly anticipated by the workforce and the wider Gladstone region.

"This is about ensuring the safety of our workforce and giving them the peace of mind that a dedicated medical service helicopter will be ready if needed," Mr Duke said.

The service is contracted to Careflight Queensland for a period of five years.

We thanks Jamie C for sending through the above images of the Careflight Bell 412EP helicopter VH-XCY and of the gathered crowd at the launch at Gladstone Airport on Tuesday.

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