Course gets seven new local recruits

VOLUNTEERS: Cleve SA Ambulance volunteers Matt Leonard, Trish Leonard and Steph Whitehair at their headquarters.
VOLUNTEERS: Cleve SA Ambulance volunteers Matt Leonard, Trish Leonard and Steph Whitehair at their headquarters.

SA Ambulance has launched a new campaign to encourage more people to volunteer in Cleve, Cowell and Kimba, which has already resulted in seven new recruits.

A new ambulance assist course has allowed new volunteer recruits to train at their own pace, getting them out on calls much sooner.

Regional team leader Shaun Rieck said the new course was a great way to get volunteers to get started and on the road with the crews.

“It’s now even easier to get on the road as a volunteer,” Mr Rieck said.

“We need more people who can commit a few hours; we don’t expect days and days of roster cover.”

Registered nurse Elyse Rissmann moved to Cleve early this year and started the course mid-year.

“It’s a good team here in Cleve, I’m learning so much from Matt and Trish (Leonard) who are very experienced and they are excellent teachers.

“It’s also busy here so I’m getting lots of hands on experience and even had a job where a baby was born last week.”

Cleve volunteer team leader Matt Leonard has been a volunteer since 1992 and has been covering all the Cleve shifts with wife, Trish.

“I normally say just take one day at a time and we will help you out,” he said.

“Over a period of time it all falls into place.

“They don’t get thrown in at the deep end with this new course so there’s no pressure.

“We are a busy team, so all new members are welcomed.”