Emergency & Retrieval

The WA aircraft fleet, consisting of 16 Pilatus PC-12 turbo prop aircraft and one Hawker 800XP jet, covers 2.5 million square kilometres of our vast state.

In 2016/17, our aircraft made nearly 16,000 landings and flew almost 8 million kilometres.

The RFDS provide critical life saving intervention through Inter Hospital Transfers, flying patients between hospitals within the state, as well as Primary Evacuations throughout the whole of Western Australia as well as Christmas and Cocos Islands, usually when a patient with serious illness or injury requires a medical transfer to a large regional or tertiary centre for definitive care.

Our services operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are managed from our state-wide Coordination Centre at the Jandakot facility.

Preparing Your Patient for Transport

To prepare for an aero medical retreival, please download the Transporting Your Patient Booklet below, which contains important information on how to organise a transfer, how to prepare your patient, advice on specific medical conditions or injuries, as well as other important information.