Rescue Squad remains busy

The Cessnock District Rescue Squad’s busy run has continued, attending five call outs in the past week. Shortly after 5pm Friday 20th July 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 before returning to base. Due to the operational capacity of the Cessnock District Rescue Squad one of the primary rescue vehicles with an adequate number of personnel remained in the area to respond to any other calls for assistance.

At 6.30am Sunday 22nd 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 with the “Pokolbin fun run” whilst all other members returned to base.

At 2.30pm that afternoon squad personnel responded to another overturned vehicle, this time on George Booth Drive. 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 were informed by those at the scene that the incident had actually occurred around one hour previous and that no emergency service personnel had been requested. This would indicate that someone driving past has contacted 000 without stopping to assess the scene.

Whilst the sentiment of calling for help for injured people is commendable, calling for help without being certain of its requirement can be problematic. Not only does this tie up resources unnecessarily but it also places countless life’s in potential danger by having emergency vehicles driving under response conditions on busy roadways. If you encounter a situation that you believe may require emergency service personnel, where ever safe to do so stop and assess the scene before contacting 000. This will prevent unnecessary activation of emergency vehicles and also allow you to provide more precise details to the 000 operator.

At 6.30pm Tuesday 24th 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.

At midday Thursday 26th Paramedics requested the squads 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.

Despite providing the excellent 24 hour, 365 day service as highlighted above the squad members are also responsible for the vast majority of the Cessnock District Rescue Squad’s fundraising. I would again like to remind all local businesses of the Business Sponsorship scheme in which your business receives free quarterly advertising in The Advertiser. Apart from all other existing benefits Pedens Hotel Cessnock, a proud Business Sponsor, has offered $100 vouchers to the next ten businesses that become Business Sponsors. For more detail contact the squad’s PR Officer Jason Sattler on 0458 039 588 or


Cessnock District Rescue Squad

Public Relations Officer

Jason Sattler 0458 039 588