Charleville ambulance service wins top award

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

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, MrWarrian 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 for the south-west region.

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,” MsJohnson 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.”

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