Life Flight recog­nised on ruby an­niver­sary

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

PREMIER An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk has praised RACQ LifeF­light for 40 years of ser­vice to the Queens­land com­mu­nity, de­scrib­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion as ‘one of our great in­sti­tu­tions’.

She said LifeF­light pro­vided one of Queens­land’s most im­por­tant ser­vices.

“My Govern­ment, through Queens­land Health, is proud to sup­port LifeF­light be­cause our part­ner­ship de­liv­ers vi­tal med­i­cal ser­vices to those liv­ing, work­ing or trav­el­ling in Queens­land.

“What be­gan as a sin­gle he­li­copter res­cue ser­vice is now an im­por­tant link in our crit­i­cal care net­work.

“LifeF­light’s work helps bridge the ‘tyranny of dis­tance’, per­form­ing al­most 2000 life-sav­ing mis­sions across our vast and some­times un­for­giv­ing land­scape each year.

“At any time of the day or night, at least three LifeF­light doc­tors are in the air some­where.

“I would like to thank the won­der­ful staff and vol­un­teers who’ve helped to make LifeF­light one of our great in­sti­tu­tions,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

In the past 12 months, RACQ LifeF­light Res­cue he­li­copters com­pleted 1819 as­sign­ments across 41 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas in Queens­land and north­ern New South Wales.

It also pro­vides an air am­bu­lance ser­vice with three jet air­craft serv­ing Queens­land Health and North­ern Ter­ri­tory Health.

PHOTO: BEV LACEY

RACQ LifeF­light He­li­copter land­ing on a hos­pi­tal he­li­pad.

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