HEMS 3 began operations on the
1st July 2001, operating out of Bendigo Airport.
Crewed by a Pilot,
Observer and 1 MICA Flight Paramedic, the twin engined, IFR, 15
seater Bell 412 EP aircraft can carry 2
stretcher patients or 1 stretcher and 4 sitting. Powered by it's
2 x PT6T-3DE engines with 1920 shaft horse power, it can cruise at
120 knots with a normal operating range of 300 km. Other features
include a 76 metre rescue hoist capable of lifting 272 kg and a
Nitesun directional search light with 30 million candlepower.
Equipment is generally standard
gear found on the road MICA units including Ambulance stretcher,
oxygen resuscitator, advanced airway equipment, defibrillator,
standard IV and drug kits, trauma equipment, with additional gear
including a patient ventilator and Propac monitor.