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Thursday, December 22, 2011

MBRC Keeps Rescue Chopper Airborne

Moreton Bay Regional Council is helping to keep the region safe this summer with a $50,000 donation to the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter service. 

Mayor Allan Sutherland said the Action Rescue Helicopter was a vital not-for-profit service that relied on donations and the goodwill of the community to stay in the air, and continue its life saving work. 

“First launched in 1979, it’s the oldest community helicopter rescue service in Australia with an expert team of medical and rescue professionals on standby 24 hours a day, 52 weeks of the year,” Mayor Sutherland said. 

“With predictions of another wetter than usual summer, I’m keen to see that the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter maintains its presence in the Moreton Bay Region. 
“If you’re stranded or at the centre of a medical emergency in a difficult to get to location, chances are you’ll be coming face to face with the Action Rescue Helicopter’s team of airborne lifesavers. 

“With all of the challenges the weather can throw at us, it’s never been more important to keep the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter in the air." 
AGL Action Rescue Helicopter CEO, David Donaldson, welcomed the community safety partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council. 
"The financial support we receive from councils like Moreton Bay, and for that matter the community, is essential to ensuring the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter stays in the air to provide a rescue capability when and where it's required," Mr Donaldson said.       

Mayor Sutherland said Moreton Bay Regional Council’s $50,000 donation will go towards funding the operational costs of the rescue team, including medivac flights into the region. 

“This is an investment on behalf of our community for our community - an insurance policy that I hope you and your family will never need, but it’s there should the unthinkable happen, the Mayor said.   

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s contribution to the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter follows a $42,000 donation last summer.