IT'S bright, brand-new and ready to perform critical tasks.
The RACQ LifeFlight's fleet has been bolstered yet again with another AW139 rescue helicopter.
The state-of-the-art rescue chopper underwent a custom fitout from the team at HeliMods in Caloundra and the upgrade marked a milestone for the fleet which welcomed three new AW139s into the ranks in the past year.
LifeFlight General Manager Operations, Brian Guthrie, said the faster, high-tech helicopters created real lifesaving benefits for the Queensland community with their speed and efficiency along with the capacity to deliver world class air medical patient care.
"As demand on our air medical service continues to grow, it has been vital for us to ensure that our AW139 aircraft receive this important medical fitout to upgrade them to a standard which is comparable with any air medical ambulance anywhere else in the world," Mr Guthrie said.
The AW139s have flown 57 missions in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions over the last 10 months, with the faster 139 ensuring quicker access to patients.
The EMS fitout, valued at more than $1.8 million per aircraft, ensures better medical attention with equipment able to be installed or removed while in the air as well as on the ground.
HeliMods Managing Director Will Shrapnel said the EMS fitout made the RACQ LifeFlight AW139 among some of the most advanced multi-role aircraft operating anywhere in the world.