Charleville am­bos recog­nised

Western Times - - NEWS - Alexia Austin Alexia.Austin@west­ern­starnews.com

SEY­MOUR War­rian of the Queens­land De­fence Force Am­bu­lance Corp had a prob­lem on his hands.

It was 125 years ago, a rider had frac­tured his leg when his horse fell on him dur­ing the Bris­bane ex­hi­bi­tion.

The man re­quired ur­gent med­i­cal at­ten­tion, but that was lo­cated miles from the event. Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Mr War­rian de­cided to form the civil am­bu­lance ser­vice, us­ing horse and cart to trans­port pa­tients to lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

Am­bu­lance sta­tions from across south-west Queens­land gath­ered last Thurs­day to cel­e­brate the 125th an­niver­sary of the Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice by at­tend­ing the 2017 lo­cal am­bu­lance ser­vice net­work awards at the White Bull Tav­ern in Roma.

The Charleville sta­tion was pre­sented with top hon­ours dur­ing the cer­e­mony, named the 2017 sta­tion of the year.

Charleville medics John Gil­bert, Shan­non Turner, Russ Larkin and Kerri Turner were present to re­ceive the award on be­half of the team.

South West Lo­cal Am­bu­lance Ser­vice Net­work ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Loretta John­son said the award cer­e­mony helped to cel­e­brate some of Queens­land’s finest ru­ral ser­vice mem­bers.

“It is very im­por­tant we recog­nise and award the work of our paramedics, as well as our vol­un­teers and am­bu­lance com­mit­tee mem­bers, dur­ing this cer­e­mony,” Ms John­son said.

“Ru­ral am­bu­lance ser­vices not only give a high stan­dard of med­i­cal care, they also play a vi­tal part in com­mu­ni­ca­tion within the com­mu­nity.”

Ms John­son went on to ap­plaud the award-win­ning Charleville sta­tion for the staff’s com­mit­ment to their com­mu­nity.

“The of­fi­cer in charge of the Charleville sta­tion, John Gil­bert, and the sta­tion it­self has done sig­nif­i­cant work within the com­mu­nity,” Ms John­son said.

“They have been pre­sent­ing CPR aware­ness ses­sions, the res­cue roos program and have also just started the indige­nous cadets program. We now have two indige­nous cadet paramedics that have started at the Charleville sta­tion, rep­re­sent­ing the com­mu­nity.

“So far it has been an amaz­ing program for Charleville, and the town and sta­tion have been able to step up and show out­stand­ing lead­er­ship to the com­mu­nity out there.”

❝ It is very im­por­tant we recog­nise and award the work of our paramedics dur­ing this cer­e­mony. — Loretta John­son

PHOTO: ALEXIA AUSTIN

COM­MU­NITY LEAD­ER­SHIP: Charleville’s Russ Larkin, John Gil­bert, Shan­non Turner and Kerri Turner stand with the sta­tion’s award.

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