Marking Lifeflight record-setting year are rescue pilot and Toowoomba base lead Russell Bennett and critical care doctor, Luke De La Rue.
Marking Lifeflight record-setting year are rescue pilot and Toowoomba base lead Russell Bennett and critical care doctor, Luke De La Rue.

Toowoomba LifeFlight helps set incredible new record

THE doctors, paramedics and pilots at the Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight base had a busy 2019, helping to set a record for jobs completed.

In the previous year, its rescue air ambulance jets, community helicopters and critical care doctors came to the aid of 6508 people. Just more than 2100 of these missions were for critical care.

Of its seven Queensland bases, Toowoomba was the busiest.

Crews flew 707 critical missions, valued at more than $8.8 million, at no cost to patients.

About 77 of these missions were for serious illness or infection, 75 were to vehicle or motorbike accidents, there was 48 cardiac-related mission, 48 involving respiratory condition and 40 for neurological conditions.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's director of aeromedical services, David Donaldson, said the lifesaving helicopter service was seeing an increase, year on year.

"Our aeromedical crews can deliver world-class care to Queenslanders in need, anywhere at anytime.

"We are always rescue ready.

"More than 2000 people have been flown by the community rescue helicopters. We're extremely proud of that achievement," he said

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said LifeFlight provided a crucial service 24 hours a day, year-round for all Queenslanders.

"A lot of those rescues are motor vehicle crashes and, as road safety advocates, we're really proud to say that we're supporting RACQ LifeFlight Rescue. In the past 12 months, the number of people who they've rescued is quite amazing, and there are a lot of lives owed to the people and the work RACQ LifeFlight Rescue does," Ms Ritchie said.

RACQ is urging all drivers to remember the fatal five, before they start driving.

"Each and every time you get behind the wheel, make sure you're not drinking and driving, you're not distracted by your mobile phone, you're wearing your seatbelt, you're not speeding and, of course, you're up to the challenge of driving, because you've had enough sleep."