Residents to join Ambo Committee

THE Queensland Ambulance Service is looking for Gladstone residents to join the QAS Gladstone Local Ambulance Committee (LAC).

QAS area director for Port Curtis/Callide Michelle Baxter said the LAC provides many benefits to the area— one of those being a stronger bond between the community and the QAS.

“The LAC helps foster greater ties between the community and the QAS. They work to promote community participation in, and awareness of, ambulance services,” Mrs Baxter said.

“They also work to raise funds to buy new pieces of equipment by organising fundraising activities within their community, for the benefit of their community.

“LACs also manage donations, bequests and money held in trust for the benefit of ambulance services or they might be involved with programs such as Triple Zero campaign or other public education programs.”

Mrs Baxter said LACs also acted as a conduit between the community they represent and the Commissioner of QAS, thereby ensuring information at the ground level is communicated to the most senior officer within the service.

“LACs have been invaluable in terms of providing advice and feedback about ambulance services in their communities throughout Queensland — they are in the best position to be able to represent their local community on matters affecting the provision of ambulance services and are integral to improving overall service delivery.”

A special meeting of LAC will be held on October 13 at Gladstone Ambulance Station, 120 Glenlyon Road Gladstone at 7pm to bring together existing members and open the door for new volunteers.

If you'd like to know more about LACs or would like to be involved in the work they do phone Josie Meng on 0427 749 250 or Ken Littleboy, Volunteer and LAC Liaison Unit on 3635 1734.

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