AS SCHOOLS around Queensland break for Easter, RACQ CareFlight Rescue crews are warning holiday-makers to be vigilant about safety.
RACQ CareFlight Rescue performs almost double the number of rescues during school holiday periods and says simple safety measures can reduce accidents on the roads, in the outdoors and in our backyards.
CareFlight’s Chief Executive Officer Ashley van de Veld has seen some horrible accidents working for CareFlight, where he started as a aircrewman.
“We are always busier over the Easter and school holiday period, because more people are out and about enjoying life and the beautiful weather,” Mr van de Velde said.
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“It’s not just the amount of missions that increase but the nature of the injuries are often far worse during these periods.”
This time last year, the RACQ CareFlight crew was busy winching an injured bushwalker at Spicer’s Peak in Queensland’s Scenic Rim. The injured man spent two nights in the bush but survived thanks to a good supply of food, water, a charged mobile phone and flares.
“During school breaks, you always hear stories like this.”
“We urge people to pack appropriate safety gear when venturing out to remote areas, but also to buckle up in the car, wear protective clothing when you’re on a motorbike and life jackets when out on the water.
“Community safety is a shared responsibility and everyone plays a role in staying safe these school holidays.”
CareFlight has a Critical Care Doctor and a Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic on-board its emergency aircraft.
It operates a fleet of 11 rescue helicopters in Queensland, six of these fly the iconic blue and yellow of RACQ CareFlight Rescue.
“While we are always at the ready to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, we hope people are being safe and responsible and avoiding rides in the RACQ CareFlight chopper,” Mr van de Velde said.