AGL cru­cial to re­gion

An­nual fig­ures show North Bur­nett needed most as­sis­tance

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Bran­don Livesay

THE AGL Ac­tion Res­cue Heli­copter had a busy year in the North Bur­nett, per­form­ing 143 flights or 194.5 fly­ing hours.

The re­gion re­quired the ser­vice most across the Wide Bay Bur­nett district.

In­ci­dents at­tended by the heli­copter in­cluded a se­ri­ous crash south of Monto be­tween two mo­tor­cy­clists and a car, air­lift­ing an in­jured man west of Mun­du­berra work­ing on the Roma-Glad­stone gas pipe­line, re­triev­ing a Mt Perry gold miner af­ter a truck tyre ex­ploded, and air­lift­ing a 19year-old woman and her three-year-old son to Bund­aberg af­ter a sin­gle ve­hi­cle rollover south of Monto.

The AGL Ac­tion Res­cue Heli­copter is also vi­tal in trans­fer­ring pa­tients to ma­jor hos­pi­tals.

Other tasks per­formed in the North Bur­nett have in­cluded search and res­cues, counter dis­as­ter op­er­a­tions and pri­mary emer­gency med­i­cal re­sponses.

“Ev­ery day the AGL Ac­tion Res­cue Heli­copter crews are on standby at our bases on the Sun­shine Coast and at Bund­aberg, pro­vid­ing 24/7 emer- gency med­i­cal cov­er­age to the Queens­land com­mu­nity,” chief en­gi­neer Rob Nieuwen­hoven said.

“Each year is busier than the last, as we re­spond to emer­gency calls and ur­gent med­i­cal trans­port tasks.”

With a new year ap­proach­ing, AGL Ac­tion Res­cue Heli­copter needs sup­port to conti-

nue its work.

How can you help?

THE Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times is sell­ing a 2013 Hot Farm­ers Cal­en­dar with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the AGL Res­cue Heli­copter.

See your lo­cal jour­nal­ist and for $5 you can or­der a copy in time for Christ­mas.

Photo: Simon Young

SAV­ING LIFES: The AGL Ac­tion Res­cue Heli­copter in ac­tion.

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