Lifeflight chopper to touch down for the rodeo

The new RACQ Lifeflight helicopter will touch down for the Rodeo on Saturday.
The new RACQ Lifeflight helicopter will touch down for the Rodeo on Saturday.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue will add a touch of blue and yellow to the Rodeo Saturday, with the upgraded Mount Isa helicopter flying into Buchanan Park. LifeFlight corporate partner, and Rodeo naming rights sponsor, Glencore will open the upgraded community helicopter to the public at the Rodeo, following the BK117’s arrival in Mount Isa three weeks ago.

The impressive twin-engine aircraft will land in front of thousands of people at Buchanan Park. It will be stationed near the family entertainment area from 11am to 3pm (subject to rescue needs), with LifeFlight Aircrewman Jim Lillecrapp and Pilot Mike Slattery showing people around the helicopter, and answer questions.

LifeFlight Foundation’s Karen Laws said Glencore’s renewal of the two year $300,000 partnership helped secure the new helicopter for the region. “Community support has been vital in the new helicopter based in Mount Isa, equipped with night vision capability and the ability to carry two patients, being available to the North-West. Glencore has been a long term supporter of LifeFlight,” she said.

“LifeFlight is thankful to the North-West community for its support towards the service, and is proud to be participating in the iconic Rodeo event this year.

“The helicopter is an essential asset in this region, with its capability to land directly at the scene, even in rugged terrain, and provide lifesaving medical care to the patient at the incident location.

“Ongoing community support will assist all crew members to further develop their knowledge and skills in the use of the upgraded equipment so LifeFlight can provide 24/7 coverage for the North-West, regardless of the location of an incident or accident.”