Hotham Ski Pa­trol re­ceive fund­ing for new am­bu­lance

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MOUNT Hotham Ski Pa­trol have raised $40,000, in ad­di­tion to be­ing awarded 2-4-1 grant fund­ing in the sum of $80,000 by Emer­gency Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria (EMV) for the pur­chase of a new am­bu­lance ve­hi­cle.

A to­tal of $120,000 was funded to pur­chase the new ve­hi­cle, which is equiv­a­lent to the ones used by Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria. The am­bu­lance has been decked out, sign painted and fit­ted to ski pa­trol pur­poses to be utilised dur­ing the win­ter sea­son.

The Hotham Ski Pa­trol had been us­ing an older ve­hi­cle to trans­port pas­sen­gers within the re­sort and Din­ner Plain and re­cently, they saw the need to up­grade their am­bu­lance due to the poor state of their cur­rent one which then mo­ti­vated them to fundraise and seek grant fund­ing.

Full-time Ski Pa­troller David Wil­son said that the hard ef­forts of the Ski Pa­trol vol­un­teers and the sup­port for the Ski Pa­trol had been over­whelm­ing and a big rea­son be­hind their suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing.

“A big part of get­ting the funds was a re­sult of our fundrais­ing event, the ‘Big Gig’ which we hold ev­ery Au­gust and this year it’s on Au­gust 12 at The Gen­eral Store and at that event we auc­tion off a va­ri­ety of goods,” Mr Wil­son said.

“The new am­bu­lance means a much bet­ter and more re­li­able ve­hi­cle to trans­port our pas­sen­gers and it will be more eco­nom­i­cal for the Re­sort Man­age­ment Board to ser­vice and look af­ter and much eas­ier for pa­tient trans­port due to more room and greater ac­ces­si­bil­ity.”

In ad­di­tion to the new am­bu­lance en­sur­ing that guests at Mt Hotham are safe, the Mount Hotham Med­i­cal Cen­tre re­ceived fund­ing for their af­ter­hours med­i­cal ser­vices.

The fund­ing will en­able a daily af­ter-hours med­i­cal ser­vice through­out the win­ter pe­riod from 5pm on­wards and on week­ends.

Craig Jenk­ins of Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria said that the fund­ing would help keep the am­bu­lance ser­vice on the moun­tain to re­spond to the most se­vere med­i­cal emer­gen­cies, while the med­i­cal cen­tre will be able to re­lieve mi­nor in­juries.

“It helps us out in terms of hav­ing a fa­cil­ity avail­able so we can take pa­tients there to be seen af­ter­hours, rather than tak­ing pa­tients through to Wan­garatta which might need some­thing as sim­ple as an x-ray and would take us off the moun­tain for a min­i­mum of five hours.

“It gives us the abil­ity to keep lo­cal for in­juries on the moun­tain, rather than leav­ing the moun­tain, so it’s a lot of pres­sure off us as a ser­vice,” Mr Jenk­ins said.

“So many things hap­pen af­ter hours, whether its peo­ple slip­ping on ice or peo­ple with ill­nesses that come out overnight and all sorts of things that we can deal with here if we have the doc­tors and med­i­cal cen­tre avail­able,” Mr Jenk­ins said.

PHOTO: Mt Hotham

◆ NEW WHEELS: Vol­un­teer fundrais­ing was cru­cial in se­cur­ing the new Mt Hotham am­bu­lance, which is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the Ski Pa­trol for win­ter 2017.

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