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For 20 years, RACQ CQ Rescue has been providing rapid response critical care and aeromedical retrieval services to a 300km radius from Mackay in Central Queensland, Australia, 24/7, 365 days a year. In this time technology has advanced exponentially, equipment improved immeasurably and training is much more sophisticated. The necessity for this service is obvious with the number of missions also increasing considerably each year. CQ Rescue has just reached their 7100th mission – an impressive achievement from modest beginnings 20 years ago.

What hasn’t changed is our vital need for community support and funding as well as communication and engagement with the public and stakeholders. Without their help, we literally couldn’t get off the ground. The costs of keeping our aircraft operational and the crew fully equipped, on standby and ready to go to the aid of people who find themselves in need of emergency medical care will escalate to about $8.3 million in 2016. Most of our patients never envisage they will need our help – but when they do, they become acutely aware how important it is our community-funded helicopter rescue service remain at the forefront of rapid response critical care. Without RACQ CQ Rescue, many lives would be lost or changed forever. Thankfully, we have community-conscious organisations and sponsors who partner with us to ensure this life-saving service is available to people in our community when they need it most.

Over the course of our 20-year history, RACQ CQ Rescue has rescued, transferred, retrieved and winched thousands of people. These very fortunate users of the helicopter rescue service say their lives would be extremely different today if the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter wasn’t available to help them when they needed it. Often a patient’s only lifeline, RACQ CQ Rescue offers aeromedical and search and rescue assistance to those in dire situations.

As a community helicopter provider, RACQ CQ Rescue is available to all residents, workers and visitors in Central Queensland, between Townsville and Rockhampton.

There have been many advances within our organisation over time and we are proud to say RACQ CQ Rescue is synonymous with unquestionable professionalism, compassion and integrity.

Our Mission: Providing our community and stakeholders with a sustainable and supported, world class aeromedical and emergency helicopter rescue service 24/7, 365 days a year.

Critically ill patient winched from bulk carrier 200km offshore

Top 5 Missions By Type (2015)

Abdominal 13%
Cardiac 13%
Motor vehicle accidents 12%
Medical 10%
Search & Rescue 6%

Missions By Region (2015)

Mackay 8%
Isaac Region 39%
Whitsunday Region 46%
Townsville 7%

Tourist rescued after fall at Whitsunday Island lookout

Wednesday, September 21, 2016|

160916 Whitsunday Island winch 1RACQ CQ Rescue has winched a tourist to safety after she fell at popular island lookout near Whitehaven Beach today.

The 31-year-old Victorian […]

Missing canoeist signals rescuers from beach with a torch

Tuesday, September 13, 2016|

160912 Shoal Point SARRACQ CQ Rescue has used night vision goggles (NVG) to locate an outrigger canoeist stranded in the dark on an island near Shoal […]

Helicopter crew rescues stricken sailor 120km offshort

Friday, September 9, 2016|

160907 Percy Island SAR 2A lone sailor spent more than 10 torturous hours on remote Percy Island overnight watching his beloved boat being smashed by wild […]

‘Model’ citizens raise $31,000 for life-saving charity

Tuesday, July 19, 2016|

160719 Brooke Thompson and Martin ClelandNinety-two models from across regional Queensland have proven you don’t have to be doctor to help save lives.

The RACQ CQ Rescue […]

New organisers take charity fun run in their stride

Tuesday, July 19, 2016|

160718 Beach to Gardens launchA little sweat will really help us take off.

Whether you are a serious runner tracking a personal best time or just out […]

The search is on for our region’s next top model

Tuesday, February 2, 2016|

160202 - Brook Lee Search is OnDo you fancy yourself as Central Queensland’s next top model? Do you want to help changes lives, including your own?

Then […]