Westpac Lifesaver
Rescue Helicopter Service

Saving Lives
For Over 45 Years

Year Founded

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service is on of the oldest community-based helicopter rescue services in the world. The service has been operating across South-East Queensland since 1976.

44 paid & volunteer crew members

Paul Gibson
Chief Pilot

With three decades of experience in the aviation industry, Paul Gibson served as a pilot for the WLRHS for two years before taking over the reigns as Chief Pilot in 2015.

2 Helicopters

Lifesaver 45
EC135 P2
Carrara, Gold Coast

Lifesaver 46
EC135 P2
Caloundra, Sunshine Coast


Both helicopters patrol every weekend and during peak periods, including school holidays. They are also available to be tasked by emergency service organisations 7 days a week.

Lives Saved

Help keep us flying

It costs nearly $250,000 for one rotor blade and $250/hour in fuel every patrol. We need your help to keep the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service going.

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