Ambo 40-year stal­wart hon­oured

Central and North Burnett Times - - HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE... 50+ - Sue Har­ris

DOUG McIver’s 40 years of ser­vice to Mun­dub­bera’s lo­cal am­bu­lance com­mit­tee was recog­nised at the com­mit­tee’s break-up din­ner re­cently.

Mun­dub­bera Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice of­fi­cer-in­charge Steve Smith thanked Mr McIver for his help and ded­i­ca­tion over many years.

Mr McIver’s involvement with the am­bu­lance ser­vice be­gan in the early 1970s when the ser­vice was known as the Queens­land Am­bu­lance Trans­port Bri­gade (QATB).

“Back then am­bu­lance of­fi­cers just ad­min­is­tered first aid and pro­vided trans­port to hospi­tal,” Mr McIver said.

“In those days, lo­cal QATB com­mit­tees were re­spon­si­ble for rais­ing the funds to run the cen­tre and pay thewages of am­bu­lance of­fi­cers.

“The government matched what­ever fundswe raised dol­lar for dol­lar.”

Mr McIver has worked with sev­eral am­bu­lance su­per­in­ten­dents, start­ing with Wally Fer­gu­son.

“Wal­ly­was also the sec­re­tary of the lo­cal am­bu­lance com­mit­tee but he re­tired sick and was re­placed by our long­est-serv­ing su­per­in­ten­dent, Kevin Tootell.

“Kevin served for about 20 years and in­tro­duced the lucky en­velopes as a fundraiser.”

When QATB be­came QAS in the 1990s, the ti­tle of the per­son in charge at each sta­tion changed from su­per­in­ten­dent to of­fi­cer-in-charge, and staff train­ing im­proved.

“Now staff mem­bers are paramedics, and am­bu­lances are more or less mo­bile hos­pi­tals.”

Mr McIver also worked with of­fi­cers-in-charge Trevor Simp­son and Noel Cross be­fore his as­so­ci­a­tion with cur­rent OIC Steve Smith started nine years ago.

Mr Smith, Mun­dub­bera’s long­est-serv­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge, also thanked Mr McIver’s wife Jill for her sup­port over the 40 years.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

40 YEARS: Mun­dub­bera am­bu­lance of­fi­cer-in-charge Steve Smith presents Doug McIver with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his 40 years of ser­vice.

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