Surf Life Saving WA to upgrade facilities at Fremantle Heliport

VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) - Sat 14 September 2013.
VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Sat 14 September 2013.
This 1988-build Squirrel seems to have replaced the previous SLSWA Squirrel,VH-FLL, which departed Perth on 7 September to Kalgoorlie, Bankstown, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.
Photo © Matt Hayes

Surf Life Saving WA is to build an emergency service hub and proper hangar for their helicopters at Fremantle Heliport, at Rous Head, Fremantle, with completion scheduled for early 2015.

The two helicopters – an AgustaWestland A119 Koala (VH-FOI), and a Eurocopter AS350 Soloy Super D (VH-ELR), are used for search and rescue, beach patrols, and shark spotting during the summer.

As seen in the above photo, the helicopters are currently housed in an open-ended, arch-shaped tent, resting on two shipping containers, which provides little protection from weather. The staff currently use a temporary demountable building.

The facility will be revamped to include a proper helicopter hangar, specialised surf life saving training facilities and a communications tower.

It will be funded through a $1.3 million Lotterywest grant, $490,000 of SLSWA’s reserve funds and a $50,000 donation from BlueScope steel for the building.

VH-FOI Augusta A119 (MSN 14523) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia at Fremantle Heliport – Sat 14 June 2014
VH-FOI Augusta A119 (MSN 14523) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia at Fremantle Heliport – Sat 14 June 2014
Photo © Keith Anderson

 

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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