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TECT Rescue Helicopter


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The TECT Rescue Helicopter, our aim is simple - to save lives!

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The TECT Rescue Helicopter service was founded in 2000 and has touched the lives of thousands of patients.

Based at Tauranga Hospital, the TECT Rescue Helicopter provides 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Whilst some of our annual operating costs are covered by way of our government contracts, we rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two of the Philips personnel lost their lives.

Available through the emergency 111 call system, our rapid response rescue helicopters bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.

Engaged when time is critical or accessibility is compromised, our search and rescue helicopters serve the Waikato – King Country, Bay of Plenty, Central Plateau and Manawatu – Whanganui communities. Providing timely assistance can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner resuscitation and treatment begins the greater chance of patient recovery.

Powered by an experienced professional crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses and volunteer crewmen, in a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive urgent medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust aims to provide the highest standard of air ambulance, search and rescue services. We believe that through enduring relationships with the communities in which we operate, together we can save lives.

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Philips Search and Rescue Trust was founded in 1985, available through the emergency 111 call system, our rapid response rescue helicopters bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.

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Whilst some of our annual operating costs are covered by way of our government contracts, we rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year.

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