New chopper gets to patients faster

AIR ambulance response time has been drastically reduced across Gippsland thanks to a cutting edge air ambulance based in the Latrobe Valley.

Air ambulance HEMS2 began operation from its Traralgon base on New Year’s Eve and has already been put to good use, responding to six jobs during the long weekend.

Air Ambulance Victoria HEMS2 acting team manager Darren Hodge said the AW-139 helicopter was far superior to its 1960s predecessor.

“It’s all absolute cutting edge technology faster and more powerful (than the previous aircraft),” Mr Hodge said.

Read more in Friday’s Gippsland Times.