“The board this morning has given our CEO Dave Donaldson the authority to conduct a due diligence in conjunction with CareFlight NSW, with the vision for an operational merger,” Chairman Don Moffatt told the meeting.
“The guts of the amalgamation is that we remain independent and as such we would still be the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter Service.
“We do see some benefits in aircraft types, in crew, in engineering, administration and marketing; all the things that you would expect to get better if two companies hold hands who are like minded.
“We think it’s a very exciting opportunity, we think it’s great for the organisation, we think it’s great for the government, we think it’s great for AGL, and most importantly we think it’s great for our staff,” he said.
Mr Moffatt also addressed questions about local fundraising. He said the 700 000 people serviced by the organisation’s three helicopters could rest assured community raised funds would stay within the regions covered by Action Rescue.
“Any funding raised by this organisation will stay in this organisation,” he said.
The announcement comes on the back of the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter’s biggest annual fundraiser. The Gala Ball held on Friday night has been hailed a success for the medical and rescue helicopter service, raising more than $100,000 for the organisation.