EMERGENCY service vehicles are typically high-visibility in colour, but few are quite as eye-catching as Fleet Helicopters’ firefighting helicopter, which is bright pink.
The Armidale-based helicopter services operator has joined the fight against cancer by teaming up with Cancer Council NSW.
Owner Lachie Onslow said the idea came to him when one of their Huey helicporters, needed a new paint job.
“You don’t really look up at a blue helicopter, but pink grabs attention,” Mr Onslow said. “I mean, how has a pink helicopter?”
Mr Onslow said the chopper, affectionately known as Lucy, is the only pink Huey in existence.
The new paint job has already made quite an impact, raising close to $20,000 in the first month of Lucy’s operation. “We will donate a percentage of Lucy’s income from her firefighting efforts to Pink Ribbon,” Mr Onslow said.
Fleet Helicopters is looking for corporate sponsors, with certain donations earning the sponser’s name on the pink chopper.
Residents can follow Lucy’s adventures by visiting www.facebook.com/LucyFightsFireandCancer.