MAC Rescue is South Australia's rescue helicopter service and conducts more than 1,000 missions across the state each year.
MAC Rescue comprises three helicopters and is used by the health and emergency service organisations to undertake medical retrieval, policing, bushfire management and search and rescue tasks.
MAC Rescue covers all areas of South Australia.
MAC took over the sponsorship of the State Rescue Helicopter Service in July 2009, further strengthening its commitment to reducing the number and impact of road injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes.
Who uses MAC Rescue?
A number of State Government organisations use MAC Rescue:
- SA Health (MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service) and SA Ambulance Service use the service to transport critically injured and ill patients from regional South Australia to major hospitals.
- The SA Country Fire Service uses the service to assist fire-fighting operations in the country areas of South Australia.
- SA Police use the service for crime prevention activities, search and rescue operations and also in the pursuit of motor vehicles and suspects.
Why is MAC Rescue so important to road safety?
Despite under a third of the State's population living in rural areas, more than half the casualties of road crashes occur on rural roads. Over 7,000 rural residents have been seriously injured or killed this past decade. In the same period, MAC has paid over $400 million for injuries arising from rural road crashes.
MAC Rescue is a critical part of rural road safety due to the emergency response services it can provide. On average, the helicopters respond to at least one medical trauma every two days, with the majority of these relating to road crash injuries. Furthermore, the helicopters physically attend about 12 serious crashes on country roads each month.