The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service in action. Photo Contributed
The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service in action. Photo Contributed RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue

RACQ service carries out 28% of its rescues in Gladstone

IT'S a service many of us may take for granted, but Gladstone has presented the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service with its lion share of tasks for the past quarter.

From December 2013 to this February, 28% of the 76 tasks completed by the service were conducted in Gladstone, and while many of these consisted of hospital transfers, a number of tasks around the region have been life-threatening incidents.

CHRS community co-coordinator Kirsty Hansen said there had been a variety of primary tasks for the service in Gladstone during the past quarter.

"Noteworthy tasks in the Gladstone region included the recent road accident at Raglan, Curtis Island motorcycle accident, Biloela motocross accident, two-year-old girl with suspected poisoning on Curtis Island, a man crushed by falling desks and an aerial search for a missing skin diver near Fitzroy Reef," Ms Hansen said.

With the local service averaging one task a day, but often receiving multiple calls in a day, fundraising has become a vital element required to keep the chopper mobile, to help those who find themselves in life-and-death situations.

"Government funding does not cover the total cost of running the service and this is why the community contributions and sponsorships we receive are so important to us," Ms Hansen said.

With over $92,000 raised in the past quarter, Ms Hansen said the community efforts were greatly appreciated.

Last Quarter (Dec-Feb) Figures

  • 76 tasks completed
  • 146 flying hours in total
  • 28% of tasks from Gladstone
  • Over $92,000 raised
The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service in action. Photo Contributed
The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service in action. Photo Contributed RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue