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Northern NSW : Celebrating 40 years Rescue December2015
yearyearreunionreunion4040 Decades of service IN AN ERA WHERE HAVING MULTIPLE JOBS IN AS MANY YEARS IS COMMONPLACE, THE WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER SERVICE HAS HONOURED 10 PEOPLE FOR CAREERS THAT HAVE SPANNED DECADES, AND IN ONE CASE, A LIFETIME. Barry Walton was honoured for 40 years of long service with the Rescue Helicopter. Barry began his involvement as volunteer Crewman when the Service was established in the summer of 1975 and worked in that role until 2003. He is now a Community Liaison Officer based in the Hunter. In 1991, Barry was employed fulltime as an Air Crewman and also became a Marketing Officer for the Service working with and developing the Volunteer Support Group network. In 2000, Barry relocated to Tamworth to work as the Marketing Officer for the newly established Service for the New England-North West region. In August 2003 Barry retired from flying operations and was appointed as Special Projects Officer for the New England-North West where he remained until 2014 before returning to Newcastle. He is currently co- ordinating a number of community events including the Service’s 40 year staff and volunteer reunion and a special 40 year exhibition to be held in June 2016 at Newcastle Museum. Crewman and Crew Chief Peter Cummings was honoured for 25 years of work with the Service. Peter joined the Service after a career in the Royal Australian Navy. He has been responsible for crew and rescue crew rosters and training as well as media liaison over the past decade in his roles as Senior Crewman and Crew Chief. Also recognised for his long-term service of 20 years was General Manager Richard Jones. Richard has overseen many significant changes that have included several major upgrades to helicopter technology, the establishment of a permanent base at Tamworth to complement that at Newcastle, catastrophic damage to the Newcastle base during major storms of 2007, and loss of an aircraft in a crash. Most recently Richard steered the Service to win a NSW Government tender to deliver services to the entire Northern NSW region from 2017. Robert Jenkins was also recognised for 20 years’ service. Rob is now the Safety, Quality and HR Manager but has been associated with the Service since 1987 when he joined as a Crewman. He left to join the NSW Police and worked in the aviation industry (staying involved as a Rescue Helicopter volunteer) before returning in 2002. Rob has been instrumental in ensuring the Service is well-positioned for growth and to meet the needs of its staff of more than 60 people. Other people to receive awards: 15 years • John Candy, Commercial Finance Manager • Mark Goolmeer, Pilot • Mike de Winton, Chief Pilot 10 years • Matt Wallace, Engineer • Judy Rodway, Finance Officer • Peter Grimmond, Facilities Manager Service Chairman, Cliff Marsh OAM, said those recognised had worked well beyond their job titles. ‘ T hese people have collectively inspired literally thousands of people to contribute to this community service and are highly respected by their colleagues,’ Mr Marsh said. ‘ No challenge has ever been too much for any of them and we are so grateful that they are part of a team that now includes more than 60 people working across the Hunter, Mid North Coast, Central Coast, New England and North West regions.’ 18 Rescue Magazine CELEBRATING 40 YEARS SPECIAL EDITION
Rescue Aut 2016