SLSQ and the QPS reveal new Police helicopter
Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) today revealed the replacement police helicopter that will take to the air over the Gold Coast.
SLSQ President Ralph Devlin and Chief Executive Officer John Brennan joined Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Police Minister Jack Dempsey in revealing the new helicopter, which forms part of the ongoing contract between the two organisations.
The helicopter, purchased by SLSQ for the sole use of the QPS, has replaced its predecessor of the same model. Branded in police colours, the helicopter will continue to provide an effective aerial observation platform to police on the ground.
SLSQ’s John Brennan supports the continued partnership which is providing increased services to the Gold Coast.
“Surf Life Saving Queensland is fully committed to giving the QPS a world class police helicopter service for the Gold Coast,” Mr Brennan said.
“With more than 37 years of experience patrolling our beaches from the sky and providing the State Disaster Management Group with emergency response assistance, SLSQ’s expertise in aviation rescue and surveillance across the state’s south east can only benefit the region.”
Premier Campbell Newman said that the State Government was committed to reducing crime across the state and is already looking at providing a second police helicopter for south east Queensland by 2014/15.
“Since the contract began in November last year, the helicopter has already proven valuable to police, completing more than 2,200 taskings as well as heading to Bundaberg to help during the January floods,” Mr Newman said.
The chopper will remain based at the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service base in Carrara, which has been operating rescue helicopters for more than 37 years.
View photos of the new helicopter being revealed by Premier Campbell Newman on the SLSQ Facebook page.