Completed and officially opened in August 2014 the new RFDS hangar and Patient Transfer Facility at the Roma Airport was built at a cost of 1.4 million dollars.
It is a multiple purpose facility used to
- accommodate the crew who are involved in aero-medical taskings to and from the Roma region
- provide a Patient Transfer Facility with an enhanced comfortable, family –friendly indoor waiting for patients and carers with more privacy
- house the Roma based King Air B200 aircraft
“The Flying Doctor is delighted that the Roma community now has these much needed facilities to help us to better deliver our services, which involved 254 landings and more than 200 patient transfers in the last year,” said Mr Nino Di Marco, CEO of the RFDS Queensland section. With generous support from the Federal Government through its Health and Hospital Fund Mr Bruce Scott, Federal Member for Maranoa said, “The opening of the new Hangar and Patient Transfer Facility was great news for the Roma Community and the RFDS”.
A primary role at the airport facility is filled by a John Deere 1023E tractor. It is used to tow the King Air B200 onto the tarmac then back into the hangar and helps in repositioning other RFDS aircraft.
Matt Joppich one of three RFDS pilots commented enthusiastically, “It’s marvellous simply because it’s so easy to use. The John Deere name stands for itself and personally I would like to thank Charlie Millard, Vanderfield branch manager for helping us. Having a local dealer here in Roma is important should we need any back up support at any time in the future “.
The RFDs Queensland Section operates 24/7 from nine regional bases which form a strategic network to support the delivery of quality health care in regional, rural and remote areas across the state.