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A Day in the Life of...Crewman Geoff Taylor

Geoff has been with the Rescue Helicopter since 1999, firstly as a volunteer, and from 2012, as the Trust’s fulltime Crewman. In this interview, we ask Geoff about his role…

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“It’s wonderful to know that someone’s loved one has lived to tell the tale all thanks to the team onboard the chopper, especially when your husband is an integral part of that team!”

Charlie had just marked 15 years in the air force when the opportunity to work as the Chief Pilot at the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter came up. We were engaged to be married, and had only recently purchased our first home in Palmerston North. Suffice to say, we hadn’t actively been looking for a change and life was quite busy – but Charlie certainly was yearning for a new challenge deep down, and I had always had moving back to the Bay in my long term sights...

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A snowy rescue challenge!

The Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter Crew, responded to the Sunrise Hut in the Ruahine National Park, where a female in her 30’s had fallen from her bunk and sustained a...

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Winch Training with Coastguard a Success

On 14 February, the Rescue Helicopter Crew took part in a training exercise with the Hawke’s Bay Coastguard, simulating a rescue from a boat out at sea near Napier.

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