Meet res­cue copter crews

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Fam­i­lies will have a chance to get up close and per­sonal with Auck­land’s res­cue he­li­copter crew this Sun­day.

The Auck­land Res­cue He­li­copter Trust will open its hangar at Me­chan­ics Bay.

The open day also marks the launch of West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter ap­peal month.

The pub­lic will be able to see two res­cue he­li­copters and a po­lice he­li­copter close up and meet the paramedics, pi­lots and crew.

Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Rea Wikaira says as well as be­ing a fundraiser, it will be a re­ally hands on day, giv­ing peo­ple a chance to un­der­stand how the trust op­er­ates.

“It’s an ac­count­abil­ity day too,” he says.

“Peo­ple can ask ques­tions and have an op­por­tu­nity to look at the equip­ment and meet staff.”

The pub­lic will be able to ride the he­li­copter sim­u­la­tor, watch a winch dis­play and go on baby BK chop­per rides.

Dis­counted Heli-link scenic flights over the har­bour will also be run­ning all day.

The an­nual West­pac ap­peal is now in its fourth year, be­com­ing more suc­cess­ful ev­ery year.

Mr Wikaira says af­ter rais­ing $600,000 in 2006 and $750,000 last year, they are hop­ing for $850,000 this year.

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