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