The Cessnock District Rescue Squad was called to a Nulkaba location at 4.15pm Wednesday 9th with reports of a man trapped under a vehicle. Upon arrival of Rescue personnel, Paramedics and Police were on scene with the man no longer trapped and receiving treatment. Rescue personnel assisted Paramedics with the man’s treatment whilst the Westpac Rescue Helicopter landed nearby. The man was then further stabilised before being flown to the John Hunter Hospital with suspected head, chest and abdominal injuries.

About fifteen minutes after this call, at 4.30pm another call was received for a two vehicle collision with one person possibly trapped at Kurri Kurri. Rescue personnel responding from Kurri Kurri to assist at the Nulkaba incident were diverted back to Kurri Kurri for this incident. Upon arrival at Mitchell Avenue and Aberdare Street, despite one vehicle being on its roof, no persons were trapped or seriously injured. Paramedics were on scene assessing those involved; however no Police were present with traffic very congested on the busy road. Rescue personnel assumed the role of traffic control throughout the incident with the intersection reopened to normal conditions at around 5.30pm. Upon assessment by Paramedics no persons required transport to hospital.

The Cessnock District Rescue Squad has been very quiet recently; however this sequence of events highlights the exceptional capabilities of the squad. The squad has two bases, located at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri with four operational rescue vehicles. Very few cities have a designated Rescue Service that can respond to more than one incident simultaneously. Although no persons were trapped in either of these incidents, had they have been trapped in one or both, highly trained personnel with fully equipped vehicles would have been able to perform simultaneous extrications.

This capability has not occurred by chance, it has occurred due to the tireless commitment of past and present squad members. Outstanding support from residents and businesses throughout the years has also played a significant role in the squad maintaining uncompromising standards and being held in very high regard by all allied services.

The Cessnock District Rescue Squad would like to again take this opportunity to remind all local businesses about the Business Sponsorship scheme. You can become a sponsor for less than $2 per week, and receive quarterly advertising of your business details in The Advertiser. You also receive tax deductible receipts for all payments, a certificate for each year you remain a sponsor and most importantly support your local volunteer rescue personnel continue to help save lives.

Currently there are 26 Business Sponsors, about 2% of all local businesses, all of which are amazed that more business have not taken up the opportunity. For more information about becoming a Business Sponsor contact the squads PR Officer Jason Sattler via email – or phone – 0458 039 588.


Cessnock District Rescue Squad

Public Relations Officer

Jason Sattler

0458 039 588