Central QLD is a big country. Literally. From St Lawrence to the north, Agnes Water to the south, Alpha to the west and up to 110 nautical miles out to sea, CapRescue serves 300,000 people across a total area of 350,000km2.
In an operational environment as big as the Capricorn region, we need to be ready to fly 24/7. That’s why we have two emergency helicopters: one for rescuing people in an emergency and one ready to be tasked during natural disasters.
No two days are the same and we respond to primaries on roads, stations, mines, and the gas works industry. This is in addition to providing support when tasked by QPS or QFRS.
Maybe it’s because we see it from the air, maybe it’s because we’re locals, but we believe in exploring and celebrating the places we serve in Central QLD.
It’s no secret – the Capricorn region has an incredible amount to offer. Where else can you visit tropical islands, rainforests and the outback, all in the same day?
It’s a big region full of diverse terrain that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s where Queensland lives. It’s also an area tourists can’t wait to visit.
We visit more places in Central QLD than most people do. There’s often a serious reason for that and it’s important not to trivialise our primary purpose; saving lives. But we also feel extremely fortunate to see as many places as we do. It’s a wonderful place to live and work.
When we get called out on a search and rescue mission, we need to move quickly. How quickly? Let’s just say we’ve done this enough times we can now predict flight times to the minute. In this table you can see how long it takes to reach some of the areas we serve.