Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service

Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service

St John WA supports the role of the RAC Rescue helicopters by providing critical care paramedics on board and fielding emergency calls through the State Operations Centre.

The RAC Rescue critical care paramedics are highly skilled and trained in intensive care and aeromedical medicine. They ensure patients receive immediate medical attention while being transported to the hospital via helicopter.

The service has three helicopters - based at Jandakot and Bunbury, with a third as backup. The two primary helicopters have a radius of more than 250km and cover approximately 90 per cent of Western Australia’s population.

The service responds to a range of incidents, including car accidents, cliff rescues and farming and industrial accidents. It also transfers patients from regional centres and is involved in search and rescue missions.

The RAC Rescue helicopters are sponsored by RAC, funded by the State Government and managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

To find out more about the Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service, please visit: www.dfes.wa.gov.au/racrescue