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Queensland, Australia (gladstoneobserver.com.au) - At the end of January, the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service put a call out to help raise $10,000 for the purchase of two intermediate bulk containers (IBCs). Local community groups donated a grand total of $14,816 toward the 'We Need a Tank or Two' campaign.

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adn.com - An Anchorage woman and her dog were rescued by helicopter from the McHugh Creek area over the weekend after she became stranded on a rock field, Alaska State Troopers said.

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Queensland, Australia (news-mail.com.au) - With years of experience handling snakes, Bundaberg snake catch Anthony Zink knows a thing or two, and an increase in suspected snake bites across the region has necessitated the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopters to respond to six call outs so far this month.

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news.com.au - Two Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters are heading for cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu to assist in relief operations.

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Bakersfield, Calif. (bakersfieldnow.com) - They all have their jobs: the fuel crews, the hot shots, the dozers. But, it's the helicopter crew that oversees the whole wildfire from above. "When it comes to helicopter protection and firefighting, there is really no other tool out there that does what helicopters do," said Jason Nava, a captain and superintendent for the Kern County Fire Department.

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Tucson, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV)  - A teenage girl is safe, after a tricky rescue in Sabino Canyon. It was decided helicopter was the best way to bring out the girl, so the Pima Sheriff's Helicopter landed briefly, picked up more rescuers and headed to the falls.

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abc7news.com - In Chile, drones are being used to help lifeguards on busy beaches save people from drowning. The drones are controlled from the beach and outfitted with a float, camera, microphone, and speaker.

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uttoxeteradvertiser.co.uk - A former Uttoxeter pupil is now 'living the dream' as she saves lives on the other side of the world. Danielle Spratt decided six years ago to pack up her life and move to Australia to realise her ambition of working with the emergency services.

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England (BBC) - A new £1.7m helicopter for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) service is to be paid for from banking fines. The helicopter will enter service with the EAAA, which is soon to have Prince William as one of its pilots, in January 2016.

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Scotland (strathspey-herald.co.uk) - The launch of the Inverness civilian UK search and rescue (S&R) helicopter service was marked in a ceremony held at the new base at Inverness Airport.

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