Helicopters are contracted to provide helicopters for SAR and
Customs CoastWatch and Aero Medical Services for the
Paramedics to transport patients from the islands to the main
hospital at Thursday Island. Over 60% of ambulance cases require a
tasking in the helicopter. The primary nature is inter-facility
transfers from the Island Health Centres
Due to the distances and nature of
tasking in the area, the aircraft can be configured to a specific
role within 20 minutes.
VH-EMZ is the primary EMS tasked
helicopter. Training is regularly undertaken by Paramedics on site
with the helicopter crews.
2x Turboshaft engines
Fitted with floats on skids
Nominal Crew - EMS
Rescue Crew person
Paramedic - Lifepac 12
Advanced Airway and Drugs and rescue/retrieval equipment.
Paramedics are required to perform flight duty during their normal
roster. Paramedics must undertake the following training before
being designated for flight duties including HUET (helicopter
underwater escape training), Helicopter Safety and Winching.
HUET course that
RHO Aviation Training Services
conducts is recognised under the Australian Quality Training
Framework – PMSOHS214A Helicopter Safety and Escape, with a
currency of two years and all students on successful completion
will receive a Statement of Attainment and a photo ID HUET card.