CareFlight operates the rapid response Mounties Care CareFlight Helicopter trauma service from our Westmead base in Sydney. The helicopter is on its way to a major trauma incident within three minutes of tasking.

One of the fastest services of its kind in the world, the helicopter delivers a specialist doctor, highly skilled intensive care paramedic and hospital-level equipment as close as possible to a patient anywhere in the greater Sydney area within 15-20 minutes of a 000 call.

The CareFlight helicopter lands almost anywhere that is suitable, including roads, parks, sports ground, median strips, schools, vacant blocks, back yards and even tennis courts. If there is no safe landing at the scene, local police meet the helicopter at the closest landing site nearby and drive the trauma team to the patient.

The equipment, drugs and blood products carried on board the helicopter mean the specialist doctor and paramedic can begin definitive treatment at the scene. Often the doctor will place the patient into an induced coma to control their breathing. In the case of head injured patients, this helps prevent secondary brain injury.

Once the trauma team have stabilised the patient, they transport them to hospital by helicopter or road ambulance. Children and babies are flown directly to a children’s hospital.

The Mounties Care CareFlight Helicopter service evolved from a clinical trial which sought to determine whether on-scene physician intervention results in better long-term outcomes for head-injured patients. Read more about CareFlight’s Head Injury Research.

Recent mission stories

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Girl hit by car in Mount Colah

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Boy hit by car in West Gosford

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Passenger injured in car accident

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Man airlifted to hospital after fall

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Teenager run over by broken down car

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Man sustains burns from backburning

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Man injured by power saw

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Woman and girl injured in M1 crash

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Pedestrian hit by car in Rouse Hill

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Man airlifted following near drowning

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Teenager struck by car outside school

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Female motorcyclist injured in crash

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Man partially amputates hand

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Boy struck by car near home

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Three girls burnt in speed boat fire

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Girl riding bicycle struck by car

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Woman suffers head injury after fall

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Arborist cuts arm with chainsaw

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Man injured by pipe explosion

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Boy injured in playground incident

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Tradie falls ten metres from roof

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Man injured at home from circular saw

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Dirt bike rider airlifted to hospital

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Man suffers burns in shower

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Quadbike rider treated by CareFlight

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Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital

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Man falls from roof to another roof

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Man in 60s falls from ladder

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Elderly pedestrian hit by vehicle

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Teenager crushed while repairing car

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Man falls two metres from roof

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Horse rider airlifted to hospital

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Male pedestrian in 80s hit by car

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Man in near drowning at wharf

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Four injured in head-on car crash

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Teen injured in push bike crash

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Teen motorbike racer injured in crash

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CareFlight flies to multiple missions

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Trapped driver in critical condition

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Fallen horse rider flown to hospital

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Wakeboarder airlifted to hospital

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Motorbike couple injured in collision

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CareFlight secures services savings

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Factory worker crushed by steel beam

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Two rescued from flooded communities

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Collapsed woman airlifted from Dundee

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Teens airlifted after rollover

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Fallen horse rider flown to hospital

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Man crushed under tow-truck

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Remote quad bike accident injures two

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Burns victim airlifted after car fire

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Motorcyclist serious after collision

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Racetrack rider in high speed crash

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Man burnt in waste plant blast

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Walker injured in Royal National Park

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Man airlifted after crocodile attack

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Motorcyclist flips onto car roof

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CareFlight lands for Laurel

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Home renovator airlifted after fall

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Reconciliation Action Plan launched

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Girl stable after two-storey fall

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Toddler rescued from inflatable pool

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Boy injured in pool jump misadventure

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Biker serious after roundabout crash

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Toddler airlifted after near drowning

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Man gored by buffalo while on holiday

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Man burnt in South Penrith house fire

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Girl airlifted after pony accident

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Serious skate park head injury

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Chest injuries after fall from roof

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Worker burnt in gas bottle explosion

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Ryan’s Story

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Man injured in workplace incident

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18-month-old stable after fall

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Man airlifted after two car crash

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Teenager stable after bike fall

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4WD on loose runs over man

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Tradie attacked by three dogs

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Man airlifted after pergola fall

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Man run over on motorbike track

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Man airlifted after ladder fall

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Woman freed after two truck collision

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Teenage girl hit by car

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Man stable after truck runs over him

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Man critical after car rolls over him

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Woman trapped in truck collision

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Woman crushed between car and fence

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Two boys injured in quad bike crash

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Pedestrian hit by car in driveway

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Elderly man hit by bus in Castle Hill

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Woman pedestrian struck by car

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Worker injured on construction site

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Toddler hit by car in Glenbrook

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Painter falls through pergola

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