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LifeFlight Caloundra-based firm Helimods today completed the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) fit out of a second RACQ LifeFlight rescue helicopter. And here's how HeliMods at Caloundra did it.
The EMS fit out makes the RACQ LifeFlight AW139 fleet among the most advanced multi-role aircraft in operation anywhere in the world. The Helimod team can be very proud of their efforts in this project and the lives they will help to save through RACQ LifeFlight... See MoreSee Less
The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) fitout was completed on our newest RACQ LifeFlight Rescue AW139 helicopter today. The fitout ensures the aircraft is equipped with all the lifesaving equipment that...
Local company's expertise helps RACQ LifeFlight helicopter to save more lives
More patient lives will be saved following the completion of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) fitout of the RACQ LifeFlight AW139 rescue helicopter today.
The upgrade of the state-of-the-art rescue helicopter, by local company Helimods at Caloundra, marks an important milestone in the renewal of the RACQ LifeFlight fleet, following the introduction of three new AW139s in the past year.
LifeFlight General Manager Operations, Brian Guthrie, said the faster, high-tech helicopters created real lifesaving benefits for the Queensland community with their speed and efficiency along with the capacity to deliver world class air medical patient care.
“As demand on our air medical service continues to grow, it has been vital for us to ensure that our AW139 aircraft receive this important medical fitout to upgrade them to a standard which is comparable with any air medical ambulance anywhere else in the world,” Mr Guthrie said.
“The EMS fitout ensures our aircraft also have all of the lifesaving equipment that a modern state-of-the-art emergency department would have.
“The HeliMods fitout and configuration is designed to provide rapid installation and removal of equipment, allowing the aircraft to be reconfigured in-flight or on the ground to suit a wide range of missions, including search and rescue, paediatric and newborn transport and rapid incident responses.
“The 139 is a faster aircraft which means we can get to our patients quicker and transport them to advanced specialist care quicker. With a sophisticated EMS fitout, they will also receive better medical care from our expert medical crew while they’re in the air.
“The Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions have been well serviced by the AW139s with 57 missions having been flown to and from the area in the past 10 months.”
The completion today represents the second of three RACQ LifeFlight AW139s to have undergone its medical fitout by local aviation company, HeliMods, valued at more than $1.8 million per aircraft, with the third aircraft due to arrive at Caloundra next week.
The company is widely regarded as one of the best helicopter modification companies in the world, completing work for companies in Australia, the United States and Canada.
HeliMods Managing Director Will Shrapnel acknowledged the importance of two industry leaders coming together in the design of the EMS fitout.
“It is great to work with a world class operator in RACQ LifeFlight and know that we can provide them with the most innovative and adaptive EMS configuration in the market,” Mr Shrapnel said.
“For both industry-leading organisations to also call Queensland home is really great to see and is very important especially in anticipation of the release later this year of the Queensland Government Aerospace Roadmap, which aims to grow the sector to create more jobs in the future.
“The RACQ LifeFlight project is a prime example of the value that aerospace and aviation brings to the Sunshine Coast. Such a project is a testament to the support we have received from the community and council, and indicative of the high value work delivered out of Caloundra Aerodrome.
“This has been a collaborative process from the start. We were able to leverage RACQ LifeFlight’s extensive experience as an operator with our experience in the design and manufacture of EMS configurations and products for emergency and ambulance services across Australia and the world.
“Some of the unique features designed into the EMS configuration include dual airways access for two patients simultaneously, a dedicated EMS power and gas distribution system to supply critical life support and sophisticated monitoring equipment for complex cases. This will allow the transfer of more neonatal and paediatric patients.
“The EMS fitout makes the RACQ LifeFlight AW139 fleet among the most advanced multi-role aircraft in operation anywhere in the world. Our team can be very proud of their efforts in this project and the lives they will help to save through RACQ LifeFlight.”
Mr Guthrie said the AW139 EMS fitout would ensure RACQ LifeFlight would continue to deliver superior patient care to the Sunshine Coast and wider Queensland population now and into the future.
The EMS fitout of the AW139s was made possible by the incredible generosity of RACQ LifeFlight’s supporters and donors who helped fundraise much of the money.
Bruce Highway upgrade features Australian first design
A ground-breaking new interchange design to improve traffic management will be a key part of a major Queensland road project, with the contract awarded today for a $929.3 million upgrade to the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Queensland Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey today announced a Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte joint venture had won the contract for the project, which will ultimately reduce congestion and travel time for motorists.
“This project involves widening the highway to six lanes, as well a major upgrade to the Sunshine Motorway interchange and reconfiguring the Caloundra Road Interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange,” Mr Chester said
“This intersection zone sees the most crashes on the Bruce Highway and it urgently needs a new approach to traffic management for the roughly 60,000 vehicles that use it every day.
“The Diverging Diamond Interchange design is a first for Australia, and could be used in future projects across the country. It has been used with great success in the US since 2009 and will improve safety for traffic moving between the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Road.”
Minister Bailey, who was onsite today, said the upgrade to the Bruce Highway had also seen community feedback incorporated into the design layout.
“An average of 694 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project, which is fantastic news for the Sunshine Coast community,” Mr Bailey said.
“After personally meeting with community members last year, we have also included a southbound exit from the highway to Pignata Road.
“This is a big win for the community as it will create safe and direct access to local businesses and homes, as well as a future connection to development in Palmview.
“A new service road will also be built on the western side of the Bruce Highway between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.
“The design will also significantly reduce the impact to the Beerwah State Forest. This means the Caloundra Road interchange will be contained to the east of the Mooloolah cemetery and will no longer impact environmentally sensitive areas to the west.”
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said the design will see motorists on Caloundra Road seamlessly cross from driving on the left side of the road to the right side of the road as they negotiate the interchange.
“The benefit of this crossing is that right-turning traffic does not have to give way to opposing traffic, making the highway both safer and faster for Caloundra Road motorists,” Mr Wallace said.
“Motorists will then switch back to standard left-side driving on the other side of the interchange.”
Preliminary construction is anticipated to start by the end of 2016, with major construction expected to start in mid-2017 and be completed in 2020, weather permitting.
The Australian Government is providing $743.4 million to the project, with the Queensland Government committing $185.9 million.
Danielle Smith, has been appointed as the inaugural CEO of Sunshine Coast Lightning.
The Sunshine Coast Lightning, the region’s first national elite sports team in the new Australian-only eight-team national netball competition, is a joint venture between Melbourne Storm and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Highly regarded and experienced in the sporting industry, Smith has over 20 years’ experience, including 14 years in sport and major events.
After commencing her career with big four advisory firm, KPMG, Smith’s career has included senior roles with Geelong Football Club, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation, and global whitegoods giant, Whirlpool. She joined Melbourne Storm five years ago and had a key involvement in Storm’s transition to private ownership in 2013.
Smith will maintain her current role as Storm COO and as a Director on the Club’s board, with her title to be Group COO and Netball CEO.
Her initial priorities as Netball CEO will be working closely with Lightning Head Coach Noeline Taurua on finalising the playing list after Netball Australia announced its Collective Player Agreement earlier this week, appointing other key staff, securing major commercial partners and overseeing the establishment of the team’s high performance base at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Smith’s attention will also be focussed on engaging the team with the Sunshine Coast community and ensuring readiness for the season’s commencement in mid-February 2017.
Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said; “Danielle’s appointment is recognition for the role she has played as COO where she has led the team that has delivered the Club’s new commercial ventures and growth.
“She has overseen the formation of the Lightning and has worked closely with Netball Australia in the acquisition of our joint venture licence. ��“I am sure that she will bring energy and innovation to her new position and her values, experience and vision for the Lightning will see her be successful in the role.”
On her appointment Smith said; “I’m extremely excited and humbled to be appointed CEO of Sunshine Coast Lightning.
“My family and I are looking forward to living here on the Sunshine Coast, where we have holidayed for several years - it’s such a great part of Australia.
“With the backing of Melbourne Storm and USC we are committed to making Sunshine Coast Lightning successful.
“Young netballers in the region now have a team they can follow and aspire to play for. Everyone will feel the excitement as we build towards the start of the season in February.
“Noeline and I are working on establishing a competitive and talented playing roster, which we hope to be in a position to announce shortly.”
USC Vice Chancellor Greg Hill said; “The University is delighted with the appointment of Danielle Smith as CEO of Sunshine Coast Lightning.
“Danielle is an experienced and visionary business leader and already working collaboratively with USC in the establishment phase of the Lightning. She will be an asset to the new club, a role model for University staff and students working in high performance sport initiatives, and will play an active role in the Sunshine Coast community.”
Kate Palmer Chief Executive, Netball Australia also endorsed Smith’s appointment; “Congratulations to the Sunshine Coast Lightning on an outstanding CEO appointment. Danielle has been an absolute delight to work with since we first met with the Melbourne Storm / University of Sunshine Coast Consortium at the beginning of the year. �“Her professionalism and expertise throughout the process of establishing the new club have been second to none, and we’re thrilled that she will be leading the Sunshine Coast Lightning as we enter this new era for netball in Australia”.
Smith’s role will commence at the conclusion of Storm’s season. She will spend time between Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast before relocating with her family at the end of the year. ... See MoreSee Less