Western Australia’s RAC Rescue notched up its 5,000th mission
this week, with the service playing a pivotal role over the past 13 years to provide
life-saving medical treatment.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner
Gary Gifford said one of the most common tasks RAC Rescue has attended over the
years is road crashes, which accounts for two thirds of all call-outs.
“This year, 63 percent of fatal road crashes have sadly
occurred on country roads, highlighting how important it is for country areas
to be able to access high level medical care as quickly as possible,” Assistant
Commissioner Gifford said.
“By transporting patients by air, the RAC Rescue saves
precious time that could be the difference between life and death following an
RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs Will Golsby said RAC is
committed to saving lives and reducing serious injuries on our roads.
“The impact of road trauma is devastating, and RAC is proud
to sponsor both RAC Rescue helicopters, having sponsored the Perth-based service
since its inception in 2003,” Mr Golsby said.
The RAC Rescue covers 95 percent of the State’s population
and responds around the clock to a range of incidents including road crashes, farming
accidents, land searches, marine rescues, and time-critical hospital patient
The RAC Rescue is manned by a critical care paramedic, rescue
crewman and an experienced pilot.
Based in Perth and Bunbury, the rescue helicopters are
managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, with the Bunbury helicopter funded by Royalties for Regions.
For more information about the RAC Rescue Service visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au
Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955