THE Grantville and District Ambulance Auxiliary will continue for another year, providing much-needed funds to the local ambulance station.
There were initial fears the volunteer-run auxiliary would close, but with committee members putting their hand up again to help out, the good work will continue.
The committee includes president Barrie Stewart, vice-president Peter Shearer, secretary Shelly Spencer and treasurer Graham Wood.
Peter Shearer is a local paramedic and provides insight to the volunteers so they can get an understanding of the equipment that’s most needed.
Barrie thanked committee members and the community for their support, including those who drop a few coins into the Ambulance Victoria tins.
“I know the general feeling is the staff really appreciate the equipment and some of it gets a thrashing, it gets a fair bit of use,” he said.
The group’s main aim is to raise money so Ambulance Victoria can purchase additional training equipment for paramedics at Grantville.
“That money is for various items of training equipment that the branch paramedics find useful, over and above what Ambulance Victoria provides.
“Ambulance Victoria provides the branch, the vehicle and the basic stuff in the vehicle so paramedics can do their job.”
He said equipment such as mannequins and a medication book, with all medications and their alternative names, ensure paramedics can work efficiently.
“They can do a lot more training while they’re there rather than go off on training courses.
“It means there we have paramedics on-hand more often and training themselves.
“It’s all related to saving lives and making illnesses that little bit easier to manage.”
There’s also support from officials high at Ambulance Victoria – who oversee the 55 auxiliaries – who are on a mission to visit each of the 55 auxiliaries.
Officials are working on improving the auxiliary’s policies, making it easier for volunteers to raise money.