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Behind the scenes look at the rescue helicopter

The 2018 Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter Open Day is on Sunday 18 March, allowing members of the community to take a seat in the cockpit and get up close to the hardworking crew.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter team will be joined by members of the NZ Fire Service, St John, Coastguard, Surf Lifesaving and more for a day of interactive and informative entertainment from 10am – 2pm at the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter Hangar located at the Waikato Hospital.

With annual operational costs of $3.6M, this is an important day for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter as it allows the crew to give back to the generous community who provide financial support to keep this life-saving service in the air.

Part of this funding comes via Friends of the Rescue Helicopter – individuals and families who support the service via an annual donation – hence the Open Day has something for the whole family.

The rescue helicopter responds to motor vehicle and motorbike accidents, forestry and farming accidents, hunting, tramping and recreational activities, industrial sites, search and rescue operations for those lost in the bush, mountains and out at sea. The service is dispatched via the New Zealand 111 system.

In 2017 alone, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter carried out 654 potentially life-saving missions. Support your local rescue helicopter today.

For more information about the Open Day or donating visit

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