Disappointing response to squad’s requests

The Cessnock District Rescue Squad recently placed a two page, full colour advertisement in The Advertiser, with around 17,000 editions being dispersed throughout the district. The two requests of the community contained within this advertisement were to become either a member or a Business Sponsor of the squad.

“In the fortnight since its publication I have received five enquiries, three for membership and two for sponsorship” the squad’s PR Officer Jason Sattler informed The Advertiser. “I cannot begin to express my level of disappointment at this extremely poor response from the residents and businesses of the Cessnock District” he added.

“I, along with the current businesses involved are astounded that more local businesses have not taken up the opportunity to become Business Sponsors. Being a Business Sponsor provides three very clear rewards for local businesses. These being quarterly advertising exposure for your business, tax deductible payments and most importantly the knowledge that you are contributing to help save lives” Mr Sattler said.

The members of the Rescue Squad are local residents and volunteers who are available to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year within the Cessnock LGA. The vast majority of businesses within the Cessnock LGA are owned by local residents; therefore as a Business Sponsor you are supporting your local Volunteer Rescue Operators.

“I was also very surprised at the lack of interest in becoming a Trainee Rescue Operator” Mr Sattler said. “With the number of residents that reside within 5 kilometres from the bases at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri, it is fair to say that I was expecting more than three enquiries” he added. “Although the position is voluntary the skills and experiences gained along with the reward of helping to save lives is priceless”.

Anyone interested in more detail regarding either sponsorship or membership can email cnckvra@bigpond.com

Or contact the Squad on (02)49912444


Cessnock District Rescue Squad

Public Relations Officer

Jason Sattler 0458 039 588