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Northern NSW : Rescue Aut 2016
Liddell Power Station worker Jonathan Clay and his mate Greg Polson were enjoying a Saturday afternoon motorbike ride exploring the magnificent Barrington Tops on February 28 last year when a mob of roos came between them. As the trailing rider, Jonathan was left in a position of having to avoid them, and as he puts it ‘I came off second best’. ‘M y mate Greg was marvellous and clear headed,’ says Jonathan. With the realisation Jonathan’s leg was broken, Greg set off on a 10km ride to Tomalla Station where mobile phone reception is very good thanks to the presence of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Greg was able to provide the Rescue Helicopter with the exact GPS coordinates of the accident site. Jonathan, meanwhile, was toying with the idea of applying a splint with sticks and tape. But help was there soon enough. The pilot commented on the advantage of knowing the exact location and Jonathan was transferred to John Hunter Hospital. Jonathan spent six days in hospital and three months off work and was happy to get in touch with the Service base to offer his thanks. ‘A big thank you to the Westpac team,’ he says. ‘W hatever drugs they used removed all my cares in the world!’ ‘And I still owe my mate Greg and his wife Jo for making the trip back up the Barringtons to pick up my bike. They didn’t get home until 3am the next morning.’ RescueClub Rue the day The rescue scene in the Barrington Tops for Jonathan Clay Bank’s school program comes to region The Westpac School Program is a fun and educational resource developed to teach primary school students about the work of the rescue helicopters across Australia. Gillieston Heights and Grahamstown Public schools were recently selected to receive a fly-in visit from the crew on board the Hunter based Bell 412 helicopter. The program includes 35 hours of ready-to-use curriculum aligned lesson plans and is available to schools that register online at: www.westpacrescue.com.au/schools Gillieston Heights Public School visit 22 March 2016 14 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2016
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