RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Service

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Service 

Key Points

  • RACQ LifeFlight Rescue has proudly served Queensland communities for more than 40 years.
  • They believe that every person in Queensland, from the coast to the outback, should have equal access to emergency lifesaving aeromedical care, at no cost.
  • In 2018, more than 5,500 people in emergency situations were helped by LifeFlight.
  • RACQ LifeFlight Rescue delivers emergency medical care to our rural heartlands and beyond, ensuring every Queenslander has the best outcome in a life-threatening situation.
  • A critical care doctor and intensive care paramedic on board the helicopter gives each patient the quality medical treatment of a hospital intensive care unit; on the ground and in the air.
  • In 2018, the helicopters spent 4,345 hours in the air.
  • The service’s Toowoomba based helicopters, covering the South West of the state, were LifeFlight’s busiest in 2018 completing 593 lifesaving flights.
  • Cardiac conditions, serious infections, and motor vehicle accidents were the top three illnesses and injuries requiring treatment in 2018.
  • On average, a rescue costs more than $12,500 and there is no direct cost to the patient for this lifesaving service.