Chopper Rescue

8:00pm – Friday, February 25 on ABC1

Every day the helicopter crews of Emergency Management Queensland work with fire and rescue, ambulance, police, nurses and doctors to save lives.

Working from bases in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns they are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Chopper Rescue is genuine life and death human drama featuring one of the world’s most professional and effective emergency medical services.

This week the Chopper Rescue team attend two emergencies.

At the EMQ base in Cairns the crew re-packs the chopper for a winch over water. All they know is that a man has had a diving accident on the Great Barrier Reef.

Meanwhile, south in Ingham, Rescue 521 from Townsville lands and the medical team transfers to the local ambulance. The pressure is on to get to a 45-year-old man thought to be in danger of rupturing the major artery leading from his heart.

8:00pm – Friday, February 18 on ABC1

Every day the helicopter crews of Emergency Management Queensland work with fire and rescue, ambulance, police, nurses and doctors to save lives.

Working from bases in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns they are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Chopper Rescue is genuine life and death human drama featuring one of the world’s most professional and effective emergency medical services.

This week the Chopper Rescue team attend two emergencies.

In South West Queensland some of the worst flooding in 54 years cuts off homesteads and towns across hundreds of square kilometres. Rescue 500 from Brisbane goes to the aid of a young woman suffering intense chest pain.

While, inland from Port Douglas, Rescue 510 goes to the aid of a 21-year-old man who has fallen 10 metres onto his back.

8:00pm – Friday, February 11 on ABC1

From the ocean to the outback, helicopter rescue crews save lives and face near death challenges every day. Chopper Rescue follows the work of the doctors, paramedics, rescue officers and aircrews who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They cover huge distances across Queensland, from the remote outback and tropics to the outermost limits of The Great Barrier Reef.

Working in difficult remote locations and in cramped conditions in mid air, the doctors and paramedics safely deliver patients to hospital and along the way deliver hospital standard care.

Chopper Rescue is genuine life and death human drama.

This week the Chopper Rescue team attend two emergencies.

In South West Queensland some of the worst flooding in 54 years cuts off homesteads and towns across hundreds of square kilometres. Rescue 500 from Brisbane goes to the aid of a young woman suffering intense chest pain.

While, inland from Port Douglas Rescue 510 goes to the aid of a 21-year-old man who has fallen 10 metres onto his back.

8:00pm – Friday, February 4 on ABC1

From the ocean to the outback, helicopter rescue crews save lives and face near death challenges every day. Chopper Rescue follows the work of the doctors, paramedics, rescue officers and aircrews who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They cover huge distances across Queensland, from the remote outback and tropics to the outermost limits of The Great Barrier Reef.

Working in difficult remote locations and in cramped conditions in mid air, the doctors and paramedics safely deliver patients to hospital and along the way deliver hospital standard care.

Chopper Rescue is genuine life and death human drama.

This week the Chopper Rescue team attend two emergencies.

A bad accident on an outback cattle property tests everyone on Rescue 521 from Townsville. A man has fallen from a moving vehicle and is reported to have severe head and chest injuries.

And on the Great Barrier Reef an English tourist with crushing chest pains gets a rapid response from the crew of Rescue 510.

8:00pm – Friday, January 28 on ABC1

From the ocean to the outback, helicopter rescue crews save lives and face near death challenges every day. Chopper Rescue follows the work of the doctors, paramedics, rescue officers and aircrews who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They cover huge distances across Queensland, from the remote outback and tropics to the outermost limits of The Great Barrier Reef.

Working in difficult remote locations and in cramped conditions in mid air, the doctors and paramedics safely deliver patients to hospital and along the way deliver hospital standard care.

Chopper Rescue is genuine life and death human drama.

This week the Chopper Rescue team attend two emergencies.

A bad accident on an outback cattle property tests everyone on Rescue 521 from Townsville. A man has fallen from a moving vehicle and is reported to have severe head and chest injuries.

And on the Great Barrier Reef an English tourist with crushing chest pains gets a rapid response from the crew of Rescue 510.

8:00pm – Friday, January 21 on ABC1

From the ocean to the outback, helicopter rescue crews save lives and face near death challenges every day. Chopper Rescue follows the work of the doctors, paramedics, rescue officers and aircrews who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They cover huge distances across Queensland, from the remote outback and tropics to the outermost limits of The Great Barrier Reef.

Working in difficult remote locations and in cramped conditions in mid air, the doctors and paramedics safely deliver patients to hospital and along the way deliver hospital standard care.

Chopper Rescue is genuine life and death human drama.

This week the Chopper Rescue team attend two emergencies.

On Hinchenbrook Island a family’s yachting holiday of a lifetime takes a dangerous turn when 8-year-old BJ badly fractures his arm. BJ is in intense agony and the only painkiller on board is paracetamol…

While in Southern Queensland drama unfolds in mid-air as a 31-year-old motorcyclist with catastrophic injuries has trouble breathing while being flown to a specialist spinal unit in Brisbane.

8:00pm – Friday, January 14 on ABC1

Friday, 14 January 2011 From the ocean to the outback, helicopter rescue crews save lives and face near death challenges every day. Chopper Rescue follows the work of the doctors, paramedics, rescue officers and aircrews who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They cover huge distances across Queensland, from the remote outback and tropics to the outermost limits of The Great Barrier Reef.

Working in difficult remote locations and in cramped conditions in mid air, the doctors and paramedics safely deliver patients to hospital and along the way deliver hospital-standard care.

Chopper Rescue is genuine life and death human drama.

This week the Chopper Rescue team attend two emergencies in outback Queensland.

A seven-year-old boy needs intensive emergency care after riding his motor bike into a barbed wire fence on a farming property, while in south-west central Queensland a 75-year-old sugar cane farmer is close to losing his life after being trapped in an irrigation ditch under his over- turned tractor.

Chopper Rescue is a unique observational documentary series following the work of the helicopter rescue crews of Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ), who serve the people of far north Queensland. The Chopper Rescue crews are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and operate out of two bases in the far north cities of Townsville and Cairns. Consisting of pilot, air crew officer, rescue crew officer, paramedic and emergency doctor, the crews cover vast distances from the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef to the remote outback.

A true observational series, Chopper Rescue does not sensationalise or ‘beat up’ the extraordinary action which unfolds in front of the camera. As a result the series is a unique and powerful look at human drama and compassion at its most natural and intense.

In episode two, the Cairns chopper must fly to the small Aboriginal community of Hopevale where a baby girl is severely dehydrated. On the way back to Cairns the crew is diverted to pick up a 13-year-old boy with a suspected fractured pelvis. As they fly to pick up the boy at Mossman Hospital, tropical storm clouds gather and the crew must decide whether to fly on using satellite navigation or abandon the task and leave it to the night crew. Meanwhile, wet conditions on Magnetic Island off Townsville contribute to a terrible car smash. A critically injured 22-year-old is trapped in his ute and is in intense pain. The Townsville crew work with local emergency services personnel to free the young man from the wreckage and fly him back to hospital on the mainland for specialist treatment. Time is critical. Without a rapid transfer to intensive carethe 22-year-old could die.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008 08:00PM

Chopper Rescue is a unique observational documentary series following the work of the helicopter rescue crews of Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ), who serve the people of far north Queensland. The Chopper Rescue crews are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and operate out of two bases in the far north cities of Townsville and Cairns. Consisting of pilot, air crew officer, rescue crew officer, paramedic and emergency doctor, the crews cover vast distances from the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef to the remote outback.

A true observational series, Chopper Rescue does not sensationalise or ‘beat up’ the extraordinary action which unfolds in front of the camera. As a result the series is a unique and powerful look at human drama and compassion at its most natural and intense.

In episode four the Townsville crew leaves before dawn to fly back out to the ‘ghost yacht’ drifting on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Police regard the yacht as a potential crime scene and the crew must pick up vital navigation equipment and computers which may provide information needed to help search for the missing three-man crew. After they have retrieved the equipment, the Townsville crew joins an all out search for the vanished men.

Meanwhile, the Cairns crew flies to the Mossman River Gorge. A teenage boy has become stranded on a rock in the middle of rapids and all attempts to reach him have failed.

The only way to get him safely off the rock is to lower down a crewman to winch the boy up to the helicopter. With strong winds and high terrain all around, the helicopter will have to use maximum power to complete the task. They only have five minutes to complete the job or risk engine damage.

Tuesday, 04 March at 08:00PM on ABC

Chopper Rescue is a unique observational documentary series following the work of the helicopter rescue crews of Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ), who serve the people of far north Queensland. The Chopper Rescue crews are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and operate out of two bases in the far north cities of Townsville and Cairns. Consisting of pilot, air crew officer, rescue crew officer, paramedic and emergency doctor, the crews cover vast distances from the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef to the remote outback.

A true observational series, Chopper Rescue does not sensationalise or ‘beat up’ the extraordinary action which unfolds in front of the camera. As a result the series is a unique and powerful look at human drama and compassion at its most natural and intense.

In episode three, the Townsville crew get a call from the Queensland Water Police. The Coast Guard aircraft has sighted a mysterious yacht drifting far out to sea on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. There is no record of the yacht and they are unable to make contact with her. Operating at the very end of their range the Townsville crew winch a rescue officer down into the open sea. After a hard swim he climbs on board to discover an empty yacht. Hours later the story of the ‘ghost yacht’ on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef flashes around the world. Meanwhile, the Cairns crew must fly to a small country hospital to pick up an infant who has stopped breathing. The baby has been born prematurely and has developed severe respiratory problems, and needs specialist care. To get her safely back to Cairns, the medical team has to take over her breathing and hand-ventilate her for the return trip.

Tuesday, 26 February at 08:00PM on ABC