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Ambulance Victoria Excellence Award – First responders and volunteers

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Kaniva’s Ambulance Community Officers have been recognised as winners in the 2022 Ambulance Victoria Excellence Award for their dedication and hard work in providing essential emergency services to our local community.

Kaniva has 8 active Ambulance Community Officers to cover 14 shifts per week. We are rostered on for 24 hours, from 7am to 7am the following morning. Our branch consists of teachers, office workers, nurses, bus drivers and farmers, who often leave our normal places of work to perform our Ambulance duty. We also get called out all hours of the night and have to turn up for our regular jobs the next day. For that, we would like to thank our employers and family members.

While Kaniva has had an ambulance branch for many years, as an indication of the dedication of members to the community, approximately 20 years ago, Kaniva ACOs averaged about 1.5 jobs a week. In 2021 we peaked and averaged 4.6 jobs per week, and in 2022 was 3.9 jobs per week. We have a strong belief that we need to cover our community, and it is extremely rare that a Kaniva crew is unavailable. We respond to emergencies, non-emergency and patient transfers, including hospital transfers.

The Kaniva branch is one of the highest-performing branches in Victoria.

Winning this award will be the perfect platform for our crew to wave the AV flag high and recruit the next generation of ACOs, whom we will support and nurture.

If you would be interested in joining an excellent team, please reach out and contact one of the Kaniva ACOs – Monica Feder, Michael Hodges, Steve Austin, Mark Dixon, Leonie Shurdington, Julie Braisby, Stacey Wallis-Rabone, Bianca McGennisken, Robyn Staehr or Andrea Williams-Bale.

Congratulations Kaniva ACOs. 

Nhill Free Press & Kaniva Times 15 March 2023

This article appeared in the Nhill Free Press & Kaniva Times, 15 March 2023.


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