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LifeFlight Australia has marked a record-breaking year, with RACQ LifeFlight Rescue community helicopters, Air Ambulance jets and Critical Care medical teams coming to the aid of 6,846 people – the highest number of patients helped in a calendar year, by the aeromedical service.
In 2021, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter and jet crews flew 2,503 critical missions, topping last calendar year’s total of 2,433.
“Our crews provide outstanding emergency and lifesaving aeromedical care, 24/7, 365 days a year, and it comes at no cost to the patient,” RACQ LifeFlight Rescue General Manager of Operations Brian Guthrie said.
Despite being tasked to a myriad of serious missions, motor-vehicle accidents continue to be one of the most common call outs, across all five RACQ LifeFlight Rescue community helicopter bases.
The service’s long term naming rights sponsor RACQ, is urging drivers to put safety first, to reduce the number of serious crashes on roads across the state.
“Last year 274 people lost their lives on Queensland roads, that’s thousands of lives changed forever, families and communities torn apart,” RACQ spokesperson Kate Leonard-Jones said.
“RACQ LifeFlight Rescue does an incredible job, but we don’t want drivers meeting the crew because of a crash.”