Hi-tech gear to im­prove re­sponse times

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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.

Pic­ture: St John Am­bu­lance

St John Am­bu­lance Onslow’s Amanda Roul­ston, Ni­cole Hardy and Max­ine Moroney.

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