As Victoria celebrates half a century of air ambulance support, the Goulburn Valley has been reminded how important the service is.FIONA BROOM November 19, 2012 4:10am
As Victoria celebrates half a century of air ambulance support, the Goulburn Valley has been reminded how important the service is.
A 63-year-old man crushed by a hay bale at his Cobram farm was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital on Friday with internal injuries.
The farmer is one of thousands who will use Air Ambulance Victoria’s services this year.
The region’s connection with the service dates back to its very first day of operation on May 8, 1962, when Shepparton’s Peter Connell became its first patient.
He was driving home to Yarrawonga from work on the Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme to visit his pregnant wife when his car left the road at Corryong and fell 8
He was flown in Air Ambulance Victoria’s first plane to the Austin Hospital.
At an official celebration yesterday at Essendon Airport, Victorian Health Minister David Davis said Air Ambulance Victoria was the oldest medical helicopter service in Australia — and one of the oldest in the world.
Now, Air Ambulance Victoria operates five emergency response helicopters and four fixed-wing planes.
Last year the service transported more than 1800 patients by helicopter and nearly 5000 patients by plane.
One of the five helicopters transports patients who need priority transfer between rural hospitals and specialist services in Melbourne.
‘‘Throughout the past five decades, many tens of thousands of lives have been saved by this world-class service,’’ Mr Davis said.
‘‘I would like to recognise and acknowledge the 64 flight paramedics, pilots, navigators and nurses, both current and past, who have made a significant contribution to Air Ambulance Victoria.’’
Mr Davis said it was also important to pay tribute to the nine flight nurses, pilots and patients who died in two incidents in 1970 and 1986.
A man has been arrested and charged following an incident in Toolamba on Saturday morning where a firearm was allegedly discharged.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Families and tourists gathered on the banks of the Murray River on Sunday night for the annual sail past and fireworks display.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram-based students host educational forum on crystal methamphetamine.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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