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Northern NSW : Rescue - Autumn 2014
The value of extraordinary acts of bravery in our community was highlighted by the NSW Government when Health Minister, The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, made a number of bravery commendations at the 2013 NSW Ambulance graduation. As well as community and other emergency services personnel, Service Chief Pilot, Mike de Winton and Air Crewmen, Graham Nickisson and Danny Morris, were presented with Unit Citation for Courage Awards for their work to rescue a farmer. On board paramedic, Greg Nott, was also recognised. Mike de Winton said the farmer was trapped on the roof of a flooded shed during a torrential storm at Wyong Creek on Sunday 24 February 2013. Ambulance Service of NSW CEO Ray Creen ASM, NSW Health Adviser to the Health Department, Director General, Dr Mary Foley, Crewmen, Graham Nickisson and Danny Morris, Chief Pilot, Mike de Winton, and The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP. Bell 412 winching crew onto police boat Bravery commended Helicopter joins marine rescue One of the Service’s Bell 412 aircraft joined Marine Rescue NSW in a winch rescue demonstration off a Water Police vessel in Foster Tuncurry in January. Spectators were able to get up close to the helicopter as it landed for the static display and had the opportunity to ask questions of the crew. Café builds helipad The notorious stretch of the Oxley Highway between Walcha and Wauchope has seen its fair share of accidents in recent years. Owners of the Gingers Creek Café, Gary and Charlene Hartas, have hand-built a helipad behind their café to ensure that if needed, the Rescue Helicopter could land safely and conveniently to access the winding mountain road. A load of topsoil was donated to the project by Rescue Club Member, Peter O’Keefe. Read more of Peter’s story on page 6. ‘When we arrived at the scene, the fog was coming in and all we could see was his head sticking out of the water. Greg was winched down and we were able to bring him back into the helicopter before he was swept away.’ ‘We are honoured to receive the awards. It’s humbling to be recognised,’ he said. 5 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2014
Winter 2014 redo