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Northern NSW : Rescue Aut 2016
RescueClub From injury to hospital in 30 minutes Edward Bunn was in his mid-30s and working at Vales Point Power Station when on 19 March 1996 a component of one of the mills rolled onto his right foot and crushed it. An ambulance was called but when the officers took one look at the injury they made the decision to call the Rescue Helicopter. Instead of going to Wyong Hospital by road, Edward was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital. ‘It only took about 15 minutes all up,’ says Mr Bunn. ‘It was an amazingly quick response and turnaround.’ ‘W hen I arrived at the John Hunter I was told I would probably lose my foot. ‘I said I’d prefer to wait for a second opinion. I was on the drip painkiller. You just pushed a button in those days. ‘I waited until 6pm and a specialist said I’d only broken bones in my foot and the ankle wasn’t damaged. I went straight into surgery and came out with nine pins in my foot.’ Mr Bunn spent nine weeks in hospital. ‘I received great care,’ he says, ‘and I was lucky because it didn’t get infected.’ He was in rehab for quite some time, more so through a graft not taking well rather than anything to do with the surgery. The pins stayed in for a year, and apart from some scars, he says it was ‘a real good result’. ‘But this is a tale of how quick the response was ... from injury to emergency in under half an hour.’ He still makes donations to the Service. Hunter Water’s choice Customers of Hunter Water will get to know more about the Rescue Helicopter now that it’s been named a ‘charity of choice’. During a four month campaign from July, Hunter Water will help promote the important work of the Service through its customer communications along with staff fundraisers and outdoor events. Hunter Water is a State Owned Corporation providing drinking water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater services to about 575,000 people across the Lower Hunter. Gong for crewie Air Crewman Owen Yabsley has been awarded a Public Safety Business Agency Australia Day Medallion for his efforts last year in developing a community awareness video called How to get help from a Rescue Helicopter. Owen was working for Queensland Government Air when he produced his high-quality 16-minute video. Referring to Owen’s move to Tamworth and the Service, Kevin Humphreys, Director Operations Queensland Government Air, said ‘unfortunately though, he had been poached before we could give the award to him.’ Mr Humphreys and Craig Phasey, Executive Director of QGAir, made the trip from Queensland and presented Owen with his award on 7 March at the Tamworth base. ‘W hi lst the information contained in the video is relevant for residents and visitors throughout Queensland, the principal target audience is people living in or travelling through remote areas, tour operators, recreational four- wheel drive users, the camping, hiking, boating and fishing fraternity, community service groups and other government agencies,’ Mr Humphreys said. ‘T he video provides an easy-to- understand and informative outline of how people can prepare to assist themselves in emergency situations.’ Kevin Humphreys, Director Operations Queensland Government Air), Owen Yabsley and Craig Phasey Executive Director of QGAir 22 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2016
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