Successful Trial Strengthens Ebola Response
6 May 2015
The New Zealand Defence Force confirmed its ability to load and transport a St John ambulance in a C-130 Hercules today. The trial forms part of the Defence Force’s support to the all-of-government Ebola response, which is led by the Ministry of Health.
The Hercules regularly carries military vehicles and large loads but this was the first time a St John ambulance had been loaded and secured in compliance with aviation load procedures. The trial took place at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland at Whenuapai.
Head of Aviation Medicine Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Andy Campbell says the trial confirmed the Air Force can carry an ambulance without presenting any danger to the aircraft.
“The safety of everyone aboard, and the aircraft, is always our number one priority,” said SQNLDR Campbell.
“One of the most important aspects tested today was the ability to secure the ambulance in the Hercules to the standards required for it to withstand any turbulence or rapid changes in altitude while in flight,” he said.
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