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The TECT Rescue Helicopter provides a 24-hour air emergency medical service to the Coastal Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island. Since the service was founded in 2000, it has touched the lives of more than a thousand patients.

Specially equipped for rescues, the TECT Rescue Helicopter attends search and rescue missions, operations involving a winch, night operations, time-critical inter-hospital transfers, and provide assistance to NZ Fire, Land Search and Rescue and the Armed Offender Squad.

These missions wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and skill of the incredible team of men and women who make up the crew of the TECT Rescue Helicopter. The flight workforce consists of full-time experienced Critical Care Flight Paramedics (CCFP), Crewmen and Pilots. Each member of the team brings a specialist skillset, enhancing the safety and efficiency of rescue missions.
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Team

1 Vanessa Richmond Group Manager

Vanessa Richmond

Group Manager

Leads Philips Search & Rescue Trust and oversees the Fundraising, Marketing, Administration & Finance teams
Kirsten Tye

Kirstin Tye

Project Manager

Leads all relevant PSRT business projects, while providing support to the wider team
3 Ange Cranfield Admin Manager

Angela Cranfield

Finance and Administration Manager

Oversees and supports all things related to Administration and Finance
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Jenny Barris

Finance Processor

Processes donations that are made across all bases
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Laura Healion

Office Support & Customer Service Specialist

Provides administration support within the Finance and Administration Team and Customer/Donor support
4 Whitney Smith Fundraising Manager

Whitney Smith

Fundraising Manager

Oversees all areas of fundraising, including setting the fundraising strategy & implementing initiatives
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Ayshea Abela

Corporate Relationship Coordinator

Looks after our corporate supporters & our regular donor program, helping these amazing donors support their rescue helicopters
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Jex Moore

Community Fundraising Coordinator

Supports community fundraisers, helping them raise funds for their rescue helicopters and looks after our tele-fundraising program.
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Keryn Peddle

Donor Care Coordinator

First point of contact for our generous donors, and provides support with whatever they need
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Tyra Coffin

Fundraising Administration Support/Intern

Provides support to the Fundraising Team
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Sharni Weir

Sponsorship & Marketing Manager

Leads on all areas of Sponsorship & Marketing. Oversees the marketing & communication strategies to support fundraising initiatives
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Tash McGowan

Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator

Looks after our family of sponsors, and coordinating collaborative ways to work together
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Vicky Marland

Digital Marketing Coorindator

Looks after our Website, SEO, Google, and implements our online strategy
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Gillian Crompton

Patient Coordinator

Looks after our community of patients and families, sharing stories with our family of supporters

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Specifications & Equipment

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The TECT Rescue Helicopter is a Kawasaki BK117. This single-pilot twin-engine helicopter has commonly been used as a rescue helicopter due to its speed, reliability and ability to fly close to cliff faces which makes it the best aircraft for all types of missions.

Crew

Your Pilots

With proven experience in a diverse range of flying conditions, and logging thousands of flight hours, a rescue helicopter pilot is trusted with the safety of all on board.
Pilot Base Manager Liam Brettkelly

Liam - Pilot and Base Manager

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Adam - Pilot

Pilot Todd Dunham

Todd - Pilot

Pilot Hendry De Waal

Hendry - Pilot

Your Crewman

As the extra eyes and ears for the Pilot and Critical Care Flight Paramedic during a mission, safety on board and around the aircraft is their priority including winch operation, navigation, obstacle identification and safe landing during flights.
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Ben - Crewman

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Bill - Crewman

Crewman Ian Gulliford

Iain - Crewman

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Kat - Crewman

Your Critical Care Flight Paramedic

A critical care flight paramedic is trained to perform advanced medical intervention and life-saving procedures within a rescue helicopter environment.
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Andy - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

ICP Dave Harrison

Dave - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

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Felicity - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

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Tony - Critical Care Flight Paramedic

Your Operations Team

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Muir - Medical Director

Pilot Barry Vincent

Barry - Pilot Training Manager

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Charlie - Chief Pilot

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Chris - Chief Operating Officer

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Graeme - Clinical Operations Manager

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Hugo - Clinical Development Manager

History of the TECT Rescue Helicopter

The TECT Rescue started out as the Tranz Rail Rescue Helicopter, founded in 2000. Since its inception, the crew have undertaken over 3,408 missions. TECT and Trustpower joined up to become principal sponsors of the helicopter in 2004, and the service was renamed the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter.

In 2007, the Ian Pain Memorial Hangar was built, sponsored by Vern and Barbara Pain. In April 2018, the helicopter was upgraded from the single-engine Squirrel to the twin-engine BK117.

By 2019, the TECT Rescue Helicopter had employed full-time Crewmen and Intensive Care Paramedics, and TECT had become the sole principal sponsor, giving it the name we know it by today: The TECT Rescue Helicopter.

Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for fundraising and promotion of the North Island’s largest pool of community rescue helicopters, including the TECT Rescue Helicopter. Encompassing a fleet of rescue helicopters and fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis.
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