Leighton Contractors help establish a Kimberley rescue helicopter

7 Sep 12

Leighton Contractors have joined forces with Lone Eagle Aviation Services and St John Ambulance to provide the Kimberley with a rescue capable helicopter through the donation of an emergency stretcher, trauma kit and defibrillator.

The emergency equipment donated by Leighton Contractors will be used by Lone Eagle and St John Ambulance to provide the Kimberley with a rapid response medical evacuation helicopter.

Peter Handel, General Manager – Western Infrastructure for Leighton Contractors said supporting our communities is fundamental to our values as an organisation and so we are delighted to provide the rescue helicopter with the additional equipment to help those when they need it most.

“Leighton Contractors is pleased to be able to work with Lone Eagle and St John Ambulance to provide much needed rapid response medical services,” Mr Handel said.

The Kimberley region is known for its remote and inaccessible locations and the newly equipped helicopter will enable treatment to reach trauma victims faster. In cases where every second counts the donation will assist in saving the lives of residents and visitors to the region.

Lone Eagle’s Bell LongRanger helicopter, based in Kununurra, is able to carry two paramedic staff and a patient with stretcher capabilities along with onboard oxygen, defibrillator and response medical pack.

To test the new equipment the project team at Leighton Contractors working on Phase 2 of the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project undertook a mock emergency exercise with Lone Eagle and St John Ambulance on September 5. The mock emergency location, more than 45km from the town of Kununurra, illustrated how the new helicopter provides rapid response to major trauma injuries.

Tim Perry, Project Manager for Leighton Contractors, said we are grateful that our project team were able to practice their emergency response skills and, in doing so, assist with the long term safety of the Kimberley community.