Hello and welcome back...If your wondering why a series of Army Blackhawk helicopters have been flying around parts of Sydney, its a training exercise.
From October 30th till November 23 2017, aircraft will be flown in a training exercise around various parts of Sydney inc around Campbelltown, Penrith and St Clair (already reports in social media) and will be going till around 11.30pm.
Hello and welcome back... With summer just around the corner, i thought i would focus on one of the best Rescue organizations that keeps our coastline safe... Westpac Rescue Helicopters
Photo - Paul Sadler
SYDNEY AND SOUTH
Sydney base at La Perouse (northern headland Botany Bay - Cape Banks) is home to 'Lifesaver 21' (VH-SLU), a Kawasaki BK117 Helicopter
The Sydney base is also a major radio hub with comms for Surf Lifesaving (SLSA), Council Lifeguards, NSW Police, Marine Radio, GRN (Government Radio Network), Ambulance NSW & Sydney Radar (air traffic).
Southern helicopter base is situated at Moruya (NSW South Coast) and is home to 'Lifesaver 23' a Kawasaki BK117 B2 Helicopter (VH-SLA)
The northern districts have 4 Augusta Westland AW139 Helicopters and bases include Newcastle (Belmont Airport), Lismore (airport) and Tamworth (airport).
A maintenance facility is situated Newcastle (Broadmedow) and is where the 4th spare helicopter is housed.
Hello and welcome back... A 16yo male from Melbourne has pimped out his truck with emergency lights / sirens and has then hit the streets.
There are claims he has spent $100,000 on the truck and has been caught by police attending various accidents / incidents.
While the young man admits it was a silly idea, he will now probably have a criminal record.
Maybe he should have joined the VRA or something like that.
Hello and welcome back.... This is a great service.
Little Wings is based in Bankstown NSW
From the Little Wings website = Little Wings is a not for profit organisation whose mission is
to provide a professional, free and safe flight and ground
transport service for children from rural and regional NSW to
access specialised medical services and treatment in major centres.
aim is to support families to reduce the financial burden, emotional
strain, and travel fatigue associated with long distance travel.
Managing director - Richelle Koller in front of the main Aircraft used by Little Wings, A single engine Piper Malibu Mirage (VH-FEE), soon to be upgraded to a twin engine Beechcraft Baron thanks to the generosity of donations which will make travel a lot more comfortable for sick kids.
Little Wings makes 400 trips a year, flying 60 families as far as Walgett and Lismore.
Hello and welcome back.. Part 3 of RFS Helicopters
This chopper was interesting to photograph..
Its a Aerospatiale AS-350B Squirrel (ex NPWS) and has a distinctive Thermal Camera attached at the front on the passenger side skid.
What was interesting about this helicopter was halfway through taking a few photos, a RFS person who seemed to be a tad pissed at me taking photos of this helicopter, asked me not to take photos of the Thermal Camera. I thought he was joking..
I didn't get to ask why as he walked away talking on his phone.. Interesting
Hello and welcome back.. Yesterday, I got the chance to go to a display at Winmalee oval (see previous post) in which the Rural Fire of NSW was holding a function for what I thought was a display for the public.
It seems it wasn't.
It was a display for the Commissioner of Rural Fire 'Shane Fitzsimmons' who showed up just before lunch and a few other important people's
Lucky for me, I got there about 10am and was able to have a peek at these amazing machines that will be keeping us safe this summer before things got all serious.
Remote Area Operations truck - this unit allows people on the ground to see Thermal Imaging taken from Helicopter 'Firebird 200' attached camera.
HELICOPTERS ON DISPLAY
This stunning Helicopter know as Firebird 200 is a Aerospatiale AS-350B Squirrel.
The front passenger skid has a large thermal camera attached so firefighters can see the intensity of the fire from above.
RFS helicopter 'Helitack 201' is a Kawasaki BK117.
RFS helicopter 'Helitack 201' is also a Kawasaki BK117
NPWS Heli 122.8500
NPWS Heli 123.8500
NPWS Heli 124.0500
NPWS Heli 125.4500
NPWS Heli 130.6500
NPWS Heli 134.7000
RFS Heli 119.1000
RFS Heli 128.7000
RFS Heli 123.6500
RFS Heli 132.5500
RFS Heli 118.1500
RFS Heli 124.4500
RFS Heli 130.5500
RFS Heli 133.2000
RFS Heli 124.2500
Air to Air 123.4500
Fire Tac Comms 450.4125
Hello and welcome back... Hands up if you have ever heard of Hatzolah Ambulance Service...
If your Jewish, then yes you have, but if your not Jewish then probably you have never heard of these guys.
So what is Hatzolah and what do they do?
Hatzolah (Hebrew word for Rescue?) is a volunteer, non government funded Ambulance service.
They have specialist medical training and often can respond to incidents faster than the standard NSW Ambulance Service depending where you live.
They also are there to serve the Jewish community (and their needs) as well as other patients and will often act as a bridge/backup between an incident and Ambulance arrival.
Hatzolah are huge in America, some of their trucks have to be seen (and heard) to be believed.
Lets just say you didn't see or hear them coming with a lights and siren combo that puts the Ghostbusters car to shame...Sorry Ecto-1
Check out those air horns..
They also serve in the U.K and South Africa? and also have stations in Melbourne and Sydney (east).
Here in NSW, Hatzolah communications are surprisingly enough on the GRN (Government Radio Network), surprising because they are not Government funded or have anything to do with the Government.
Hatzolah are fully funded by the Jewish community and have been since 2006.
GRN RADIO ID's
10381 Hatzolah Net 1
10382 Hatzolah Net 2
10383 Hatzolah Net 3
10384 Hatzolah Net 4
10385 Hatzolah Net 5
10386 Hatzolah Net 6
10387 Hatzolah Net 7
10388 Hatzolah Net 8
10389 Hatzolah Net 9
10390 Hatzolah Net 10
Hello and welcome back... One of my fav things to listen to is STA Buses. Between the accidents, muggings, stabbings, traffic problems, idiot passengers that refuse to get off the bus (yes it happens), drunks, fires, breakdowns.. You name it, it happens on Government Buses.
Best of all, they still transmit in good old analogue so any old scanner can receive them.
Not only that, it gives you a real good insight of what Government bus drivers have to go through on a daily basis, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Some of the other buses in this list (ComfortDelGro Cabcharge) or CDC run digital communications (DMR) and only new scanners inc UBCD436PT, UBCD325P2 (handhelds) and UBCD536-PT (desktop) will be able to decode.
Those with UBCD396XT (me included), best stick to STA Government buses.
Metrolink Bus 163.9750
Airbus Shuttle 164.9250
Entrance Bus 164.4250
Entrance Bus 163.2625
Holroyd Bus 490.8000
Campsie Bus 168.5950
Campsie Bus 163.2750
Marickville Bus 495.000
STA Bus 485.6000
STA Bus 485.9000
STA Bus 486.2000
STA Bus 486.1750
STA Bus 486.5000
STA Bus 485.7250
STA Bus 472.4500
STA Bus 472.8500
STA Bus 473.3375
STA Bus 473.7500
STA Bus 474.1500
STA Bus 470.3125
STA Bus 472.5500
STA Bus 474.0375
STA Bus 474.7625
STA Greenacre 485.5750
STA Bondi 485.9250
STA Various 485.6250
STA Seaforth 486.2250
STA Willoughby 471.4875
STA Various 471.4875
STA Various 494.5250
STA Horsley prk 494.3250
STA Pennant hill 486.4500
STA Pennant hill 486.4750
STA Pennant hill 473.4875
STA Pennant hill 474.0625
STA Pennant hill 474.7750
STA Bondi 470.1000
STA Bondi 471.0000
STA Greenacre 477.9625
STA Greenacre 473.5875
STA Bilgila Plat 471.0500
STA Seaforth 470.8000
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Some of the things bus drivers deal with including below