Firm's Ongoing Support Helps Rescue Service Save Lives

Health and safety are paramount in the engineering industry so it’s reassuring a Mackay high-profile engineering firm chooses to heavily support the region’s rescue helicopter.

G & S Engineering, who like RACQ CQ Rescue pride themselves on long-term service and excellence, has partnered again with the region’s rescue helicopter to ensure their vital aeromedical services continue to help save more lives every year.


The Paget-based firm will be a platinum partner of RACQ CQ Rescue for another 12 months, their annual sponsorship a combination of employee’s weekly payroll deductions which are then matched by the company.

G & S Engineering was the first Mackay-based company to become a major sponsor of RACQ CQ Rescue in 2007. As G & S Engineering approach their ten-year partnership with the helicopter rescue service, this year sees RACQ CQ Rescue mark 20 years of world-class service to the region and more than 7000 missions since it commenced operations in 1996.

G & S managing director Mick Crowe said the firm took a proactive approach to health and safety and was heavily committed to investing in the wider community with a particular focus on supporting activities with a health, safety and wellbeing orientation.

“RACQ CQ Rescue is one of the most worthy charities you can contribute to and one you hope you never ever have to call on,” Mr Crowe said.

“G & S continues to support this charity and the team that runs it as our biggest sponsorship because it enables anyone in our community, workers, residents and visitors, to access emergency health services when they are most in need of help,” he said.

“The thought of such a vital, life-saving service not being there if our people ever need it is just unimaginable.”

Each week more than 200 G & S employees made weekly payroll deductions to the community-funded rescue chopper.

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Martin Cleland said the long-term partnership with G & S Engineering was helping deliver life-saving aeromedical and emergency helicopter rescue services to people across the region.

The community was indebted to long-term supporters and community-minded firms who committed such valuable funding to the rescue chopper as part of their corporate responsibility to the region.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such vital support from Platinum Partners like G & S which ensures we can have a world-class aeromedical helicopter service on our doorstep and available throughout Central Queensland,” Mr Cleland said.

“RACQ CQ Rescue is a vital part of emergency support for all workers in this region and it’s reassuring to know organisations like G & S appreciate the value of supporting our helicopter and that with their ongoing commitment we can continue to provide our vital aeromedical service to anyone in a time of crisis,” he said.

“The reality is we rely heavily on sponsorships and donations, so the community’s help is vital to keeping the helicopter available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice, anywhere, anytime.”

Mr Cleland said it cost more than $8.3 million annually to keep the world-class helicopter rescue service in the sky and a large proportion of this money came from community donations and sponsorship.

“Our blue and yellow helicopter is synonymous with saving lives and every day, with every life we save, we are continually proving our worth to this community,” Mr Cleland said.