From its humble beginnings undertaking weekend beach patrols manned by volunteers from the Surf Life Saving Association, the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service has marked its 40th anniversary.
Since its first rescue on the 6 December 1975 the Service has become a highly professional, 365-day-a-year operation providing vital aeromedical search and rescue operations. The service established a base in Tamworth 15 years ago and about 2,500 people from across the local region have received urgent medical treatment.
Staff from Shenhua Watermark travelled from Gunnedah to join more than 250 people to help celebrate the historic milestone. Participants gathered at Jefferson Park in Merewether, Newcastle to welcome the yellow helicopter before forming a giant number 40 for an aerial photo shoot.
Service Chairman Cliff Marsh said he was enormously proud of what had been created by the community. "When I look back to where we started to where we are now, it's amazing - it's just a very, very proud day. The Service can give our community and our region some security knowing that if the worst things happen there will be somebody here to help them out," Mr Marsh said.
Shenhua has established a long standing relationship with the community based organisation and is proud to assist and support where ever possible.
Shenhua Watermark staff participating in the 40th Anniversary of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service historic photo.