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For almost 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 6500th mission – an impressive achievement from modest beginnings 19 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 19-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.

Mackay Harbour Winch

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%

EPIRB helps Rescue Helicopter find stranded fisherman

Wednesday, February 3, 2016|

160203 Creal Reef SARA lone fisherman stranded overnight in a small boat 150km east of Mackay was spotted from the air by RACQ CQ Rescue early […]

Woman airlifted with head injury after fall from horse

Tuesday, January 19, 2016|

A woman was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital with a serious head injury and cuts and abrasions to her arms and legs after falling from a […]

Tourist and child stung by Irukandji jellyfish in Whitsundays

Friday, January 8, 2016|

160108 Irukandji Hayman 3A Welsh tourist and a seven-year-old girl were airlifted to hospital today after being stung by potentially deadly Irukandji jellyfish in separate incidents […]

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 […]

Gala Dinner raises $30,000 for region’s rescue helicopter

Wednesday, November 4, 2015|

20151030_200503Mackay’s generous business community dug deep and raised an incredible $30,000 for the region’s rescue helicopter at a gala dinner on Friday night.

About 250 people attended […]

Beaconsfield student grateful for life-saving work of rescue helicopter

Wednesday, October 21, 2015|

beaconsfield landing jayke stellTwelve-year-old Jayke Stell knows how a helicopter rescue service can save lives.

The Year 6 student at Beaconsfield State School was eager to share […]