Onslow am­bos recog­nised

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

The Pil­bara’s re­liance on emer­gency ser­vice vol­un­teers means there are count­less com­mu­nity he­roes in our midst, and last week three vol­un­teer am­bu­lance of­fi­cers from Onslow re­ceived de­served recog­ni­tion for their com­mit­ment to help­ing oth­ers in need.

Vol­un­teer am­bu­lance of­fi­cers Anna McNeil, Cal­lum Mowat and Tracey Lane were among a group of West Aus­tralians who were pre­sented with St John Am­bu­lance Com­mu­nity Hero Awards at Perth’s Gov­ern­ment House last Wed­nes­day. The trio were awarded for their ded­i­cated care and cool heads as­sist­ing in the af­ter­math of a high-speed car roll-over about 120km out of Onslow on Sep­tem­ber 23 last year, where the vol­un­teers along with com­mu­nity para­medic Katie Evans worked to­gether to treat seven se­ri­ously in­jured pa­tients, in­clud­ing a child.

Ms McNeil said the crash was the most se­ri­ous in­ci­dent she had seen as an am­bu­lance of­fi­cer be­fore or since, but she got through by stick­ing to her train­ing.

“It was pretty chaotic be­cause there were a lot of by­standers when we first ar­rived, but our pri­or­ity is to as­sist the pa­tients and do what we can to as­sist them and make sure they’re all safe,” she said. “We train for it, so you can’t get caught up in the mo­ment, you’ve got to keep a calm head and get on with it.”

Pic­ture: Tony McDonough

Onslow St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers Anna McNeil, Cal­lum Mowat and Tracey Lane have been recog­nised as com­mu­nity he­roes for treat­ing seven peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured in a car crash.

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