Westpac Lifesaver
Rescue Helicopter Service

Saving Lives
For Over 40 Years

Year Founded

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service is on of the oldest community-based helicopter rescue services in the world. The service has been operating across South-East Queensland since 1976.

44 paid & volunteer crew members

Paul Gibson
Chief Pilot

With three decades of experience in the aviation industry, Paul Gibson served as a pilot for the WLRHS for two years before taking over the reigns as Chief Pilot in 2015.

2 Helicopters

Lifesaver 45
EC135 P2
Carrara, Gold Coast

Lifesaver 46
MBB Bo105 CBS-5
Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

5230 Mission

Both helicopters patrol every weekend and during peak periods, including school holidays. They are also available to be tasked by emergency service organisations 7 days a week.

Lives Saved

Help keep us flying

It costs nearly $250,000 for one rotor blade and $250/hour in fuel every patrol. We need your help to keep the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service going.

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