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Heli Open Day set to take off on the Sunshine Coast

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter (WLRHS) has been flying high and saving lives for the past 41 years and now, for the first time in history, pilots and crew will be throwing open the doors of its Sunshine Coast hangar as part of a special Open Day on 1 July 2017.

The special event will provide the community with unprecedented, behind-the-scenes, access to SLSQ’s two rescue helicopters and the men and women who save lives from the sky.

Visitors will have the chance to inspect Lifesaver 45 and Lifesaver 46 up-close, get their photo taken inside one or both of the helicopters, and have a chat to the pilots and crewmembers about their roles.

WLRHS pilot Dave O’Brien said the hangar open day was a perfect opportunity for anyone who was interested in getting a close-up look at SLSQ’s iconic red and yellow helicopters, or were simply curious to find out more about the service.

“The WLRHS has been an iconic sight on the Sunshine Coast skyline for the past four decades – we’ve changed a lot over the years, but one thing that remains the same is our commitment to saving lives and protecting the community,” he said.

“The open day will be a great opportunity for the Sunshine Coast community to go behind the scenes and get a genuine insight into how the helicopter service operates, and how we go about saving lives along the coastline.”

Entry is free on the day, and a raft of family fun activities will be available along with food, drinks, and entertainment for all to enjoy.

Iron champions Shannon Eckstein and Courtney Hancock will also be in attendance on the day, with opportunities to get a photo and an autograph.

The inaugural Sunshine Coast hangar open day will be held on Saturday, 1 July, from 9am-3pm.

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