Busy times for Cessnock Rescue Squad

The Cessnock District Rescue Squad has been kept very busy throughout June and July attending fifteen call outs of varying nature.
1. Friday 15th June 9am – three vehicle collision.
Squad personnel responded to a three vehicle collision on John Renshaw Drive Buchanan, extricating the male diver of one vehicle and assisting Paramedics with treating all other patients. The female passenger of the trapped man was deceased at the scene, the male driver along with the dog that was in the vehicle also passed away following the incident resulting in an absolute tragedy.
2. Friday 15th June 1.30pm – animal rescue.
Squad members attended a Pokolbin Vineyard following the sighting of a snake. Following a brief search red bellied black snake is located, captured and successfully released.
3. Monday 18th June 3pm – assist stranded motorist.
Police requested the squad’s assistance following reports of a stranded motorist on Deadmans Road Lovedale. Squad members responded in a 4wd founding a young female driver bogged on the remote dirt track. Upon being asked why she had attempted to travel along the remote track she told the members “she was just following her GPS navigators directions”. The members winched the grateful young ladies vehicle back to Lomas Lane Nulkaba from which point she was able to resume her journey.
4. Friday 29th June 5.45pm – animal rescue.
Squad members attended a Sawyers Gully property and were informed by the property owner that one of the horses was on the ground, unable to get up and that a veterinarian had also been called. Whilst waiting for the veterinarian to arrive squad members set up equipment ready to lift the horse, however upon his arrival the veterinarian advised that the horse was very unwell and probably had a back injury. The veterinarian advised against forcefully lifting the horse so squad members packed up their equipment and returned to base leaving the owner and the veterinarian to discuss the options.
5. Friday 30th June midday – single vehicle roll over.
Squad members responded to reports of a vehicle overturned on Broke Road Pokolbin. Upon arrival at the scene it was evident that no persons were trapped or seriously injured, squad personnel remained at the scene for around one hour assisting Police with traffic control while the scene was cleared. Whilst travelling back to base squad personnel came across another single vehicle collision on Darwin Street Cessnock. A vehicle had collided with a pole but upon assessment no persons were trapped or seriously injured so again squad members provided traffic control until the scene was cleared, arriving back at base around 4pm.
6. Friday 30th June 4.50pm – man trapped under a tree.
Squad members responded to a Wollombi property following reports of a man trapped under a tree. Upon arrival the man was no longer trapped under the tree so squad members assisted Paramedics with treating the man along with assisting Police with the landing of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Despite the best efforts of Intensive Care Paramedics and all other services the man was pronounced deceased at the scene. Squad members supplied lighting of the scene to assist Police Investigation Officers.
7. Tuesday 3rd July 5.50pm – MVA (car and motorcycle)
Squad members responded to Congewai Street Aberdare with reports of a person’s trapped collision. Upon arrival at the scene it was found that although the female driver was still in the vehicle she was not trapped, with Paramedics treating two males on the roadway. The males had been on a motorcycle that collided with the vehicle leaving one male with injuries and one fighting for his life. Rescue members assisted Paramedics with treating all patients and provided traffic control with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter landing in a nearby park. The critically injured male was airlifted to the John Hunter Hospital where he was later unfortunately pronounced deceased. Squad members again provided lighting of the scene to assist Police Investigation Officers.
8. Monday 9th July 5pm – assist crash investigation officers.
Police requested the squad’s assistance to provide traffic control and lighting following a serious motorcycle collision on Broke Road Pokolbin. Squad members remained at the scene until 11pm assisting Police Investigation Officers with lighting and traffic control.
9. Wednesday 11th July 3pm – man in a drain.
Squad members responded to Stephen Street West Cessnock to assist Paramedics with removing an injured man from a large concrete storm water drain. Squad personnel placed the man into a Stokes Litter, removed him from the drain and loaded him into the Ambulance.
10. Thursday 12th 4.45pm – women impaled on a fence.
Squad members responded to a Subiaco Avenue Cessnock house with reports of a woman impaled on a fence. Upon arrival at the scene squad members found the women in an animal enclosure with a section of reinforcing steel imbedded in her lower leg. A section of the steel was cut around the women’s leg allowing Paramedics to treat the injuries and transport the women to hospital.
11. Friday 20th July 5pm – vertical rescue.
Police responded squad members to a workplace incident at the Mt Thorley industrial estate. A man had suffered a cardiac arrest on the roof of an industrial building and it was suspected that specialised vertical rescue techniques would be required to lower the man to the ground. Upon arrival at the scene squad personnel were advised that despite the best efforts of Paramedics the man was unfortunately unable to be revived. Squad personnel assisted NSW Police, Fire and Ambulance service personnel with recovering the man’s body to the ground.
12. Sunday 22nd July 6.30am – single vehicle roll over.
Squad personnel responded to Broke Road Pokolbin with reports of persons trapped in an overturned vehicle. Upon arrival at the scene, near the Hermitage Road intersection, it was evident that no persons were trapped with Paramedics treating one male for lacerations and possible spinal injuries. Squad personnel assisted Police and Paramedics for a short period of time, two members left the scene and spent several more hours assisting CREST with the “Pokolbin fun run” whilst all other members returned to base.
13. Sunday 22nd July 2.30pm – single vehicle roll over.
Squad personnel responded to an overturned vehicle on George Booth Drive Buchanan. Three members in the Kurri Kurri rescue vehicle were the first emergency service personnel at the scene, however upon talking to those involved found that no persons were trapped or seriously injured. Squad personnel remained at the scene until the arrival of Police and Ambulance personnel.
14. Tuesday 24th July 6.30pm – assist crash investigation officers.
Police requested the squad to attend Alexander Street Cessnock to assist Crash Investigation Officers following a serious motorcycle collision in which a male motorcycle rider collided with a vehicle and was flown to the John Hunter Hospital with critical injuries. Squad personnel provided lighting and traffic control throughout the investigation and returned to base at around midnight.
15. Thursday 26th July midday – assist ambulance.
Paramedics requested the squad’s assistance when they were called to a Bellbird house. An elderly man had fallen in the shower, fracturing his leg and could not be extricated without the removal of the shower screen. Squad personnel quickly removed the required parts and assisted Paramedics with removing the man from the shower recess and into the Ambulance.
The combined man hours of these call outs totals around 300 hours, combined with many more hours of training and maintenance highlights the level of commitment, skill and diversity of all Volunteer Rescue Association Operators throughout the state.
Cessnock District Rescue Squad
Public Relations Officer
Jason Sattler 0458 039 588