Hi-tech gear to improve response times
The St John Ambulance WA Onslow Sub Centre has purchased vital new equipment, courtesy of a 2015 Chevron Community Spirit Fund grant from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project.
Onslow community paramedic Katie Evans said the equipment — which includes four VHF handheld radios, an automated garage door motor, and a Pack Rac for the ambulance — would vastly enhance the Sub Centre’s response times.
The Pack Rac is a bridge structure that connects to the stretch- er and is designed to secure medical equipment such as monitors and ventilators for safe patient transport from one location to another.
Onslow Sub Centre staff and volunteers will conduct an interagency exercise involving the Onslow Hospital and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service to test the recent upgrades to equipment and to determine how effective the VHS handheld radios would be in the event of losing phone reception in town.
St John Ambulance Onslow’s Amanda Roulston, Nicole Hardy and Maxine Moroney.