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The The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia is a highly professional organisation and is a major provider of emergency aeromedical and primary health care services.
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Started by Dan Boyd. Last reply by Susan Jamieson Oct 1, 2009.
Cate, Thank you for comment and query.
It needs an answer.
As to the servicability factors and what you read by way of why the RFDS have them, PT12's are supposed to be inviolate, invincible, and fly reliably forever. Or did I get that wrong?
Most of which is actually pretty close to accurate.
Thing gets me is Charleville is quite often held up as the ne' plus plus
ultra of function wrt RFDS, so being from that area and having worked the area and even more remotely @ major distance from medical assistance in formats of risk it is concerning that a major injury of the type and extensiveness suffered was subject such lag and log time to effect extraction.
And, of course, from such a relatively distant source.
Is there but the one a/craft now @ Charleville? Case was that there were always two and possibly a third @ major RFDS nodes/bases, and with crews on tap and hand for [both of] them. Is it that the cost reliability, and speed of pT12's had caused reduction to a single a/craft @ the bases, and if so, what is triage priority above degree of injury sustained by that fuel burning victim?
I think we need some answers.
I have a question.
On the afternoon of 21.12.10, @ Mt Margaret, Eromanga, my cousin Wallace Westman - currently in induced coma @ RBH burn intensive care unit - suffered 3rd degree burns to 30% of his upper body on ?Utopia 17 rig due, as I understand it from his mother, explosion of a diesel transfer pump and associated fuel. His joint two work associates received much lesser burns.
He was not collected by RFDS until approx 0130 hrs 22/12/10.
Granted that the RFDS is unique and provides exceptional service to those injured in the [far] inland, the question relates to why an aircraft from Rockhampton had to be employed for this collection and transfer, considering the significance and proximity of the Charleville base, staff, and aircraft?
Broken Hill, Pt Augusta, even Alice Springs, would have been closer.
What was the contingency necessitating usage of a R/H aircraft and depletion of availability to that base's subtended service area when incident/accident site lies in the ambit of the Charleville base?
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