Babcock Australasia Onshore Aviation is preparing for another year of growth as the business marks 30 years of operations in Australia.
A key government contractor, the business is part of Babcock International Group, which operates the world’s largest helicopter fleet, supporting emergency medical services, search and rescue missions, surveillance, marine pilot and offshore passenger transport in Australia as well as firefighting overseas.
In Australia, Onshore Aviation’s managing director Darren Moncrieff says the company remains true to its mission and is trusted to deliver.
“Emergency services and government agencies trust us to provide the hardware, technical know-how and personnel to support critical operations which save lives and keep the nation secure,” says Moncrieff.
In 2016, Ambulance Victoria signed a 10-year contract with Babcock for the lease of five AW139 helicopters, known as HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service). Since then, Babcock has delivered and maintained the vital crews and equipment required to help provide a world-class emergency air ambulance response.
“Our MICA Flight Paramedics work alongside a pilot and an air crewman when responding to cases on a HEMS aircraft,” said Anthony de Wit, air operations manager at Ambulance Victoria.
“MICA Flight Paramedics are some of the organisation’s most skilled clinicians and can perform advanced treatments in challenging environments; they can administer blood, conduct ultrasounds and complete other complex clinical procedures.
“The support of the Babcock crew in these challenging environments, including winching operations, ensures that our paramedics can focus solely on the patient, knowing that the crew will keep them safe.”
“They not only trust us to deliver, they trust us with their brand. We pride ourselves on strong, collaborative relationships with emergency services workers and the agencies who employ them.
“We use our comprehensive experience and aviation expertise to achieve the results expected by our clients and the wider community.”
In addition to its vast fleet, including the modern AW139 aircraft, Babcock International is the launch customer for the new H160, bringing enhanced capability to its mission critical aviation services. While the company currently operates helicopters in Australia, there are plans to expand the fleet to include fixed-wing aircraft, drawing on Babcock’s international expertise.
RACQ Capricorn Rescue operates a world-class aerial search and rescue service with full aeromedical and counter disaster capabilities in the central Queensland region.
Babcock has been contracted by RACQ Capricorn Rescue through the provision of helicopter sustainment services for a range of applications.
“Throughout the past almost six years of contract engagement with Babcock, RACQ Capricorn Rescue has always found the regular contact with executives, contract managers, and on-the-ground crew at our Rockhampton base to be supportive, dependable, and professional,” says RACQ Capricorn Rescue executive director, Mark Fewtrell.
“Babcock offers turnkey solutions to keep our clients in the air on task,” says Moncrieff. “We make our aviation platforms work for them, on their terms, drawing on our experienced aircrew, engineering services and training programs.
“Our aircrew are highly trained, highly skilled and highly professional with specialist skills for special mission work such as winching, search and rescue missions, fast rope operations and night vision capability for working at night.
“We are a truly a 24/7, 365 days a year operation. We are there to support the emergency services who are there when the nation needs them.”
CONTRACT EXTENDS SERVICES CAPABILITY TO SAVE LIVES
The contract between CQ Rescue and Babcock Mission Critical Services helps ensure the long-term stability and further economic viability of the region’s rescue helicopter service.
RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan said that Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia “will continue to provide critical helicopter services support to the community-funded organisation until at least 2024”.
“This seven-year contract was a reflection of RACQ CQ Rescue’s ongoing commitment to providing a highly efficient and world-class helicopter emergency medical service to the region,” Rowan said.
“This contract extension was signed in 2017 and enables our organisation to continue to deliver on our commitment to provide excellent patient care and the very best aeromedical service to the community.
“Last year RACQ CQ Rescue flew 689 missions across this region which extends north to Townsville, south to St Lawrence and west into the Bowen and Galilee Basins. Fundamental to our ability to save lives is the professionalism and experience of the crew on board the rescue helicopter and the ground staff maintaining the aircraft to ensure our round-the-clock availability.
“We look forward to working with Babcock into the near future so we can continue to be a lifeline for anyone, anywhere, anytime in this region and provide the world-class aeromedical service our residents both deserve and expect.
“RACQ CQ Rescue delivers essential rescue helicopter emergency medical services and search and rescue capabilities with two Bell 412 aircraft based in Mackay on behalf of the Queensland government. The Babcock contract extension enables the community-funded organisation to provide 24/7, 365 days a year coverage, including a team of highly trained pilots, aircrew and engineers to deliver a complete package of critical operational support.”
Rowan explained that the rescue helicopter’s workload was increasing annually and this was a reflection of the ever-growing necessity for such a life-saving organisation which serviced an area four times the size of Tasmania.
“RACQ CQ Rescue is a not-for-profit service which is absolutely vital to the sick and injured within our community,” he said.
“Our blue and yellow helicopters are synonymous with saving lives. Every day, with every life we save, we are continually proving our worth to this community.”
Babcock Mission Critical Services, formerly Australian Helicopters, has provided helicopter services to RACQ CQ Rescue since 2013.
This article has been provided by Babcock.
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