Res­cue he­li­copter fight is not over

Taupo Times - - FRONT PAGE -

JAN-MARIE QUINN

OPIN­ION: The fu­ture of the Green­lea Res­cue He­li­copter service, based in Taupo¯ , hangs in the bal­ance.

Lives are at risk should NASO [Na­tional Am­bu­lance Sec­tor Of­fice] not recog­nise the im­per­a­tive­ness of re­tain­ing this chop­per in the Taupo¯ area.

My con­cern is­the detri­ment that will no doubt oc­cur with­out this service based in Taupo¯ which cov­ers a vast re­gion.

The knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of our lo­cal res­cue service team has proven para­mount in re­duc­ing loss of life.

Lo­cal and re­gional res­cues are very much on the in­crease and to lose this service will un­doubt­edly mean death for some and that need not tran­spire.

A hunter who was ac­ci­den­tally shot, was re­cently res­cued in the Kaimanawa Ranges.

His part­ner states that were it not for the prompt service that Taupo¯ cur­rently of­fers, she would have had to raise their two small children alone.

Time was of the essence and in ev­ery case this is a pre­dom­i­nant fac­tor. This is only one illustration of nu­mer­ous scenarios whereby, were it not for this service, there would have inevitably been more fa­tal­i­ties.

I there­fore ques­tion NASO: ‘If the out­come is not in sup­port of our Taupo¯ -based search and res­cue ser­vices and peo­ple die due to the time re­straints then who will take re­spon­si­bil­ity for these loss of lives?’.

There is no price tag for the loss of a life, no mone­tary value, only the griev­ing devastation of those that lost a loved one when it could so read­ily have tipped the scales to­wards a more favourable con­clu­sion.

The best clin­i­cal out­come for any pa­tient is a quick, ef­fec­tive service and time is para­mount for the op­ti­mal res­cue.

Green­lea Res­cue He­li­copter has al­ways of­fered the best service avail­able that pri­ori­tises and values life.

Green­lea Res­cue He­li­copter went on 33 mis­sions in April and three would have been fatal if they had to wait longer for a he­li­copter.

Jan-Marie Quinn is cam­paign­ing to re­tain a res­cue he­li­copter service, based in Taupo¯ . The Na­tional Am­bu­lance Sec­tor Of­fice [Naso] is re­view­ing res­cue he­li­copter ser­vices in New Zealand and is propos­ing fewer bases and larger, twin en­gine he­li­copters. Ini­tial plans did not in­clude re­tain­ing a base in Taupo¯ , but was sub­se­quently in­cluded as a pos­si­bil­ity. A de­ci­sion has yet to be made.

Green­lea Res­cue He­li­copter.

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