St John vollies looking for young blood

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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St John Ambulance volunteers Arthur Hall, Dawn Bishop, Paul Beech, Carol Gale and John Harrison-Brown.
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Since 1935, St John Ambulance volunteers in Harvey have been helping the community, but this time they are the ones asking for help.

The team is pleading for the next generation of ambulance officers to step forward.

Between them, the pictured volunteers have more than a century of service under their belts and they are running a campaign to get some young recruits.

St John Harvey chairman Paul Beech said there were many volunteers over 70 years of age and the team needed some young blood.

“We are looking for people who like helping others and are willing to commit 12 hours a day during their shifts,” Mr Beech said.

“Our primary aid is to provide a 24/7 emergency service in and around Harvey.

“However, it’s not all lights and sirens, a lot of our work involves transferring patients from A to B.”

Mr Beech said they were hoping to get a team of trainees and take them through as a group.

“We’d be happy if we could get six new recruits and we’d be delighted if we could get 10,” he said

“They would start together, train together and then end up working together.”

The campaign, which started this month, will run until the end of March.

It will include open days, information nights and talks from guest speakers, including community paramedics, development managers and long-serving volunteers.

Community members will be given the opportunity to wander through the centre and see what it’s like behind closed doors.

Mr Beech said the St John family also has a good social club for volunteers.

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