The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (The Flying Doctor) is an emergency and primary health care service for those living in rural, remote and regional areas of Australia. It is a not-for-profit organisation which provides health care to people who are unable to access a hospital or general practice due to the vast distances of the Outback. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a unique icon of Australian culture
Royal Australian Air Force will be assisting NSW Rural Fire Service this bushfire season,by accommodating 2 large water bombers at RAAF Base Richmond,Sydney.First of contracted aircraft,C-130 Hercules Large Air Tanker ‘Thor’,arrived at Richmond earlier this week,where will be based until January 2016.Thor bigger than fixed-wing aerial tankers traditionally used to fight bushfires.
PEDAL POWER The Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air both relied on radio powered by a pedal generator invented in 1928 by Alfred Traeger, shown above with his first working prototype. It continued in use until late in the century when the “Traeger” was replaced by diesel generators and, more recently, solar power.
Surf Lifesaving Australia An integral part of beach life in Australia is the presence of the surf lifesavers. The organisation began in 1907 on Sydney beaches and since that time these volunteers have saved more than 615,000 lives. Each year trained surf lifesavers spend more than 1.4 million hours patrolling beaches, pools and coastlines. And today, as well as volunteers, Surf Live Saving Australia employs over 700 lifeguards in more than 250 locations across Australia. The lifesavers are…