As a corporate supporter of Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT), we'd like to go a little further and let you know about the great work that they do within our community.
ARHT is staffed full-time by a highly experienced flight crew consisting of pilots, paramedics and crewmen, and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust's origins date back to the establishment of the Rescue Helicopter Service in 1970. That summer, the Auckland Surf Life Saving Association launched a world first in ocean rescue with the provision of the Hiller 12E helicopter. This aircraft was used specifically for rescues from the surf on Auckland's west coast beaches, and the use of the helicopter for this purpose was a typical demonstration of kiwi ingenuity showing the way!
ARHT's outstanding contribution was recognised by the world "Association of Aeromedical Services" in 2000 when they were presented with an award for 10,000 accident free missions.
2010/11 was the Auckland Rescue Helicopter services’ 40th year in operation. This was a milestone for the service, which started the world's first ever civilian surf-rescue helicopter service back in late 1970. Since then, the service has performed many thousands of rescues and is internationally recognised for its pioneering work in saving lives.
We are proud to support ARHT, to find out more about this great local cause go to www.rescuehelicopter.org.nz