Fortescue Metals Group and the Royal Flying Doctor Service of WA are proud to have launched a new partnership for the RFDS’ first aeromedical helicopter service for WA.

In an Australian first for the RFDS, the five-year partnership will integrate two EC-145 helicopters to the WA fleet. Ideal for hospital-to-hospital transfers, the Fortescue Heli-Med Service will provide RFDS frontline crews with greater capacity to respond quickly to patients’ needs with the most appropriate aircraft.

Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gaines said: “As a proud West Australian business, we want to ensure that regional and remote communities across our State have access to vital services such as those provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service in WA.”

FDS WA Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Tomkinson said the helicopters would work alongside the existing fleet of 20 fixed-wing aircraft to ensure the RFDS can continue to provide the best possible care for patients living, working and travelling in rural and remote communities.

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