Energy City Isuzu Proudly Supports
TARANAKI COMMUNITY RESCUE HELICOPTER
Energy Motors Isuzu are proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter.
Founded in 1992, the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust was established to provide a rapid response rescue helicopter service for the province. Prior to this, helicopters had been available in the region for emergency call outs but they had not fulfilled the role of an air ambulance. Initially the Trust utilised a helicopter that was available on a semi-dedicated basis, resulting in the helicopter being called away from its current task when an emergency arose. However, it quickly become apparent that a machine solely dedicated to rescue work was required and in 1999, the decision was made to invest in a 100% dedicated air ambulance, search and rescue helicopter. Coming onboard as a major sponsor Taranaki Electricity Trust made this upgrade possible. A hangar was constructed at Taranaki Base Hospital. By 2003, a helicopter upgrade was required and the Trust shifted to an AS 355 F1 Squirrel, allowing for a greater payload to be carried. This was followed by the Trust purchasing a helicopter in 2007, an Agusta Westland Koala 119. CAA’s enforcement of rules preventing single-engine helicopters from operating in and out of hospitals in urban areas required the Trust to review its current fleet, as a compromise could not be reached with CAA. March 2011 saw a second-hand twin-engine Agusta 109 Power purchased which arrived in August 2011 after being fitted with necessary medical communication radios, a DZM system and meeting NZ Certification.
Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust has now had a helicopter in the air for twenty one years and is flying 200-250 hours of rescue missions per year. Taranaki is a dynamic and diverse area, offering a playground of attractions and activities. These same attractions can become major hurdles for emergency services and the rescue helicopter works collaboratively with others to reduce these hurdles.
Wayne Hardy, Local body builder
Energy Motors we proudly sponsor Wayne Hardy, Local body builder. Some of Wayne’s Achievements in 2019:
In the North Harbour Nabba Bodybuilding final show before the Nationals, came in first in mixed pairs, won 50+ in Athletic, Best male performance, and got the overall Mr Athletic North Harbour
First in mixed pairs, plus first in 50+ Athletic, in Gisborne
Wanganui , Manawatu first comp of the season
First 50 Plus Mr Athletic
First over all Mr Wanganui, Manawatu Athletic ,
First Mixed Pairs