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Babcock delivers AW139 to RACQ CapRescue

written by Adam Thorn | July 16, 2021
The new AW139 that will be used by RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (Babcock)

Babcock Australia has delivered a new AW139 to aeromedical charity RACQ CapRescue.

The helicopter, which will be based in Rockhampton, Central Queensland, was acquired following a funding boost announced by the state government.

Babcock will also operate, crew and maintain the aircraft as part of the agreement.

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The business’ managing director of aviation and critical services, Darren Moncrieff, said, “Babcock and Capricorn Rescue work as an integrated team assisting the doctors and paramedics to transfer patients and retrieve patients or people being rescued. We respond to major trauma incidents and life-threatening medical emergencies on roads, stations, mines, and gas sites.

“More than 300,000 Central Queensland residents rely on the service, and in 2020 Capricorn Rescue and Babcock crews completed 449 missions, flying a total of 647 hours.”

The news comes after Babcock announced late last year it had extended contracts with both the Queensland and South Australian governments.

Babcock will provide the Queensland government with emergency helicopter medical services for a further three years and, as part of the deal, supply a second Bell 412 for operation that will be based at Horn Island Airport.

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The deal will also see improved access to emergency medical services for communities in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula regions.

It also extended its rotary-wing contract with the South Australian government until October 2022.

The agreement means the business will continue to deliver emergency medical, search and rescue, and law enforcement services to the state’s Helicopter Rescue Service.

As part of the deal, a new Bell 412 will operate from Adelaide Airport, replacing an EC130.

Babcock is an international provider of engineering services to the defence, emergency services, and oil and gas sectors. Its Australasia division employs more than 1,100 people.

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