CareFlight will hold an open day at its Northmead base

All welcome: CareFlight will open its doors to the community at the Northmead operations base on October 28, following a brief hiatus last year.
All welcome: CareFlight will open its doors to the community at the Northmead operations base on October 28, following a brief hiatus last year.

They’re famous for travelling to us in our time of need.

Now, CareFlight invites the public to come to them at their Northmead operations base.

CareFlight is holding an open day on October 28, with tours of the Redbank Road facility running every 30 minutes from 9.30am-2pm.  

CareFlight began in 1986 with one helicopter, servicing around 50 patients in its first year.

Today, the charity has multiple helicopters and light aircraft to transport 5000 Australians each year.

A CareFlight spokeswoman said the annual open day will focus on the different roles.

“It’s about the people who work at CareFlight,” she said. “What are their experiences? How are they helping their communities?”

The tours will give visitors the chance to step inside one of CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopters, and experience simulators used in the organisation’s training programs for volunteer pilots and emergency services personnel. 

They can also view a simulated car crash rollover and rescue operation.

The spokeswoman said the organisation hoped attendees gain a better understanding of the vital service it plays in the community.

“A lot of the people [just] see the helicopter flying overhead… but really the services we provide are so large,” she said.

Register by Monday, October 23 by emailing events@careflight.org.