Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad holds their 38th Annual General Meeting on Monday Night.

SERVING COMMUNITY: The Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad held their annual general meeting on Monday. Members of the Squad are pictured during a rescue demonstration for the Starline Cruisers earlier this year.

SERVING COMMUNITY: The Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad held their annual general meeting on Monday. Members of the Squad are pictured during a rescue demonstration for the Starline Cruisers earlier this year.

Squad president Geoff Hawes was re-elected unopposed and in his report to members thanked them for their dedication to the community and loyalty to the organisation.Mr Hawes also talked about the Squad’s campaign to raise money to replace their ageing rescue vehicle and acknowledged the support received by businesses and individuals.He said due to the generosity of all involved the goal is within sight and the new vehicle will be a reality within the coming year.Squad captain Brian Wells thanked the members for attendance at emergencies and general call outs.
He also said that although there has been a slight down turn in serious vehicle accidents those attended were handled well by the Squad.
Reflecting on the last year the Squad also assisted the public with the running of sporting events through road and traffic control.
These included triathlons, cycling events, the Country vs City Origin match, and more.
Training officer Fred Wheeler gave a report on the training aspects of the Squad’s activities and urged members to maintain their skills.
On top of the list of new equipment acquired during the year has been the vortex rescue frame that enables rescue assistance from depths or heights.
For the year ahead the Squad plans to fit out the new rescue vehicle when it arrives.
In closing the AGM, Mr Hawes reminded members and the public of the organisation’s motto: “Assistance, any time, any place”.
Article Supplied by Mudgee Guardian, August 24 2012