Ampol extends partnership with Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Ampol has extended its 30-year partnership with Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service for a further five years.

The partnership will see Ampol continue to provide the Jet A-1 aviation fuel that powers the Service’s fleet of state-of-the-art AW9139 helicopters, which require 360 litres of aviation fuel every hour to fly and keep communities across Northern NSW safe.

Steven Underwood, CEO of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, said they are extremely grateful for Ampol’s support of their operations across Northern NSW and humbled to be their longest-running community partnership.

“Ensuring our aircraft are prepared to swiftly respond 24/7 is essential for saving lives in communities across Northern NSW, and central to this readiness is a dependable provider of high-quality aviation fuels at our Belmont, Tamworth, and Lismore bases.

“We conduct more than 1,500 missions each year across search and rescue, pre-hospital emergencies and inter-hospital transfers, and this vital service would not be possible without the ongoing support of Ampol and our other corporate partners.”

The Ampol Foundation program contributes $600,000 of fuels in-kind each year, supports a range of fundraising events through the provision of AmpolCash and auction items, and provides a pathway for its people to donate directly to the Service as part of its employee charitable giving program, Fuelling Change.

Brad Phillips, General Manager Business to Business at Ampol, said it is impossible to calculate any return on investment for the support provided when one considers the number of lives saved across a community of around 1.5 million people each year.

“For more than 30 years, Ampol has supported the essential 24/7 work of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, and we’re proud to be renewing our longest-standing community partnership for another five years.

“Ensuring the safety and well-being of the communities in which we operate is a fundamental principle that drives the efforts of the Ampol Foundation.”

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