How time flies: the Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s Lismore Helibase is celebrating 20 years. The Lismore Helibase was built in 1990; and is this November celebrating its 20th anniversary.

During the past 20 years the base has seen thousands of rescues and many lives saved.

Jane and Ken Rose have been a part of this 20 years of service, but have served in a different way.

The Roses were friends with the rescue helicopter’s Chief Pilot Geoff Vidal back in 1990, when they were on Eltham’s school committee.

The Roses are cleaners and were asked if they would like to work one day a week at the Lismore Helibase.

Ken and Jane have worked here since the Lismore Helibase opened and now work a total of five times a week.

Jane said: “There were only 12 staff in the beginning, since then the Helibase has tripled in size.

“Ken and I would like to thank the rescue helicopter, they are a really good crew to work with.”

Jane and Ken said they would continue to work for the helicopter indefinitely if they could.

The rescue helicopter would like to thank Jane and Ken for their tireless work.

Jane was handed a glass platter in recognition of their 20-

year commitment to the rescue helicopter.

PICTURE: Jane Rose and Mark Sewel from the rescue helicopter.