GRANTVILLE paramedics face a steep loss in funding for training equipment if more volunteers can’t be found for a local fundraising group.
The Grantville and District Auxiliary Group is expected to close later this year if the group can’t get more volunteers.
The auxiliary group fundraises on behalf of the Grantville Ambulance Station for training equipment.
Ambulance Victoria budgets wages and the necessary equipment for each station but volunteers are expected to raise money for any additional training equipment, including mannequins.
The mannequins can boost paramedics’ confidence and the fundraising is needed because a full-size mannequin costs $6300.
Grantville paramedic Peter Shearer says the group recently used money fundraised to buy a mannequin and paramedics have found it very useful.
“The group funds the gaps that are not covered by the State Government,” he said.
“There are no funds for training equipment outside what we’re designated for.
“We got a grant from the shire council to get equipment and the officer was gobsmacked when he found out that for equipment outside of operational needs, it’s up to the stations to fundraise.”
The auxiliary group volunteers have been working tirelessly for years to fundraise and due to illnesses and other personal reasons, many are planning to leave the group.
At the group’s planned AGM on Wednesday night, committee members decided to defer the AGM because of low member numbers and the possibility that no one will fill vacant seats.
It would lead to the group disbanding if the seats can’t be filled.
The Grantville paramedics get about three to four calls a day and can be called to jobs at Wonthaggi, Cowes, Lang Lang, Nyora, Korumburra and further, depending on the availability of other paramedics.
Mr Shearer said the auxiliary group and the community-minded people behind it have done a great job fundraising and hopes the auxiliary group will continue.
The Grantville and District Auxiliary Group will host its AGM in mid-November.