SAVING LIVES AND SUPPORTING YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED
Help support our lifesaving service
Queensland's rural and remote communities rely on the RACQ LifeFlightRescue helicopters to bring the hospital to them in their darkest hour.
RACQ LifeFlight's Rescue helicopters are regularly sent to serious accidents, where early medical intervention can often be the difference between life and death.
On standby round-the-clock, our crew of critical care doctors and specialist nurses can be in the air within minutes of being tasked to a mission.
When it is your hour of need, when you've fallen off your horse or you've had an accident on the road and you are calling for our services, we're there for you.
Queensland's rural and remote communities rely on the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters to bring the hospital to them in their darkest hour. Without the support community donations, we couldn't continue our lifesaving work.
Every year LifeFlight’s iconic blue and yellow choppers and several commercial helicopters help thousands of sick and injured patients.
With a Queensland Ambulance Service Critical Care Paramedic on board, Rescue 522 RACQ LifeFlight Rescue’s Bundaberg-based helicopter is regularly sent to serious accidents, where early medical intervention can often be the difference between life and death.
Crews are typically made up of an RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Pilot, Air Crew Officer and a QAS Critical Care Paramedic. The helicopter is ready to take flight, at a moment’s notice, 24/7 and can be in the air within minutes of being tasked with a mission.
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bundaberg Pilot, Peter Marris, has committed 20 years of his life serving the Wide Bay community
Why should the local community support this project?
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue service is there for all members of the community; people can’t predict whether they or their family and friends will need assistance one day in the future. Getting behind the project as a community will ensure longevity of the service for decades to come’ ‘RACQ LifeFlight Rescue offers community members the peace of mind in knowing that there is a quality helicopter aeromedical service available in the region should they ever need it.
What do you love about your job?
Flying around in a great part of the world in a job that
helps people in need is hard to beat.
From plane crashes to ocean search and rescue operations, multi-vehicle accidents to train derailments, Peter has been at the helm of the Bundaberg rescue helicopter for some of the most complex and devastating missions imaginable.
Bundaberg born and bred, Peter always knew that his destiny was in the air.
At just seventeen years old, Peter began his career as a rotary wing pilot flying in the RAAF for six years, before moving onto fixed wing aircraft for another seven, though his heart remained in the chopper.
It was then virtuous that upon discharging from the airforce and returning home to Bundaberg, Peter was offered a position on the newly established helicopter service, then operating as the Energex Community Rescue helicopter.
Past-patient thanks Bundy RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew
Determination, support and a massive passion for motorbike riding has seen a Bundaberg man go from fighting for his life and losing the lower half of his leg to getting back to the activity he loves.
The Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew was thrilled and inspired, when past-patient Graham Crowden visited the base, to say thank you to the people who helped save his life.
Friends said Graham was determined to show his gratitude in person, to Pilot Frank Bertoli and the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue team, but not before he was able to walk again.
Graham was riding his Harley Davidson, in October 2017, when his life changed forever.
On a stretch of road, with a 100km/h speed limit, a vehicle allegedly pulled out in front of his motorbike, causing a high-speed collision.
The Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was on another mission, when it was urgently diverted to the crash, at Avondale.
"We were a small part of a far bigger team, who helped save Graham's life, including a witness to his accident, who performed CPR on him until emergency services and our chopper arrived at the scene," said Frank Bertoli.
Graham was airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital with serious injuries.
The next day, the Brisbane-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter transferred him to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, for specialist care.
Sadly, the extent of his injuries resulted in the lower half of his left leg being amputated.
Despite this, the keen motorbike rider has made a stunning recovery - not only has he learned to walk again, but he's also back riding, on a specially designed Harley Davidson.
Graham and his nearest and dearest say they were privileged to be shown through the helicopter and have the chance to get to know the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue team.
You can be part of history. Your gift will help build a state of the art Aeromedical Base and provide life-saving services to people in rural, remote and regional Central Queensland.