Coun­cil helps keep res­cuers in the air

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has main­tained its sup­port of a life­sav­ing ser­vice.

The coun­cil do­nated a $10,000 fuel card to RACQ LifeF­light Res­cue Thurs­day last week to help save more lives in the North Bur­nett re­gion.

Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said the do­na­tion was a con­tin­u­a­tion of five years of sup­port.

“North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil is pleased to have sup­ported this price­less ser­vice since 2012 by means of an an­nual $10,000 do­na­tion,” Cr Cham­bers said.

She said the fuel card would go to­wards im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency and cost-ef­fec­tive­ness for the ser­vice.

“This year we have given LifeF­light a fuel card to in­crease the value of the ser­vice within the to­tal do­na­tion of $10,000, which will en­able them to ac­cess fuel at our cost price from the Gayn­dah Aero­drome, which in turn will in­crease the level of ser­vice­abil­ity in bad weather in the area,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“We thank LifeF­light for their ser­vice in our area.”

RACQ LifeF­light Res­cue Bund­aberg pi­lot Rowan Sc­holes rou­tinely flies into Gayn­dah and knows the coun­cil’s do­na­tion will help to save even more lives in the re­gion.

“The $10,000 fuel do­na­tion from the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil will as­sist our ser­vice to the area from all LifeF­light bases, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing bad weather,” Mr Sc­holes said.

This year, LifeF­light has flown 61 mis­sions to the North Bur­nett, land­ing at the scene of mo­tor ve­hi­cle crashes, near-drown­ing in­ci­dents and trans­fer­ring pa­tients to spe­cial­ist care hos­pi­tals, where in­juries can re­ceive life­sav­ing treat­ment sooner.

PHOTO: RACQ LIFEF­LIGHT RES­CUE

HELP­ING HAND: Mayor Rachel Cham­bers and Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan present a $10,000 fuel card to LifeF­light rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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