GEARED UP: Charleville ambulance officers Nicole Everitt, Jed Owen, Russel Larkin and Geoff Little are looking forward to letting down their hair as hundreds support local emergency services at the 000 Ball.
GEARED UP: Charleville ambulance officers Nicole Everitt, Jed Owen, Russel Larkin and Geoff Little are looking forward to letting down their hair as hundreds support local emergency services at the 000 Ball. Carly Everitt

Ambos gearing up for their centenary gala

PARAMEDICS from Charleville will swap their work boots for dancing shoes this weekend, when they take on a hosting role at the inaugural 000 Ball.

Taking over from the usual flying doctors crew this year, advanced care paramedics Geoffrey Little and Nicole Everitt have led the charge in organising the annual black tie gala, which will raise funds for the extra gear and training their team needs.

"All of the money we raise is going to the Charleville Local Ambulance Committee, which will use it to help us deliver life-saving equipment and training,” Ms Everitt said.

"In the past they have gotten us things like textbooks, equipment, and mannequins to help us train with, then the LAC also helps with community education.

"It all makes a massive difference to how we deliver care; hopefully this funding will help to enable us to go out and do more.”

Putting together the fundraiser hasn't been entirely about the future of the Charleville ambulance service, with its five paramedics and two cadets.

The crew has also been looking to the past during its organising efforts and stumbled upon a happy surprise - this year also marks the 100th birthday of the local ambulance.

"Talk of the 000 Ball commenced before we realised that it was 100 years of the ambulance service in Charleville,” Mr Little, a 13-year veteran of the Charleville service said.

"Luckily, the information did come about when we were still planning back in February and we decided to incorporate it.

"We have been learning so much as we go along, and the changes over the years have been such a big thing; they have certainly improved the long-term health of our patient.”

Guests of the gala will have the chance to explore the service's proud history, with vintage ambulances on display, and hear real stories from the guest speakers, who are former local paramedics.

The 000 Ball will be held at the Charleville Show- grounds shearing pavilion from 5pm on Saturday.


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