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EMERGENCY services have praised
RAAF Base Williamtown personnel
for their timely and critical response
to a motor vehicle accident outside the
base on November 21.
A head-on collision occurred on
Medowie Road near the south (main)
gate of the base at about 10.30am.
Williamtown Air Base Executive
Officer WGCDR Glen Johnson said
the base emergency response crews
were on the scene within five minutes
of the impact.
"Air Force medical personnel sta-
bilised the patients and waited for
civilian emergency medical crews to
arrive at the scene," WGCDR Johnson
"Two people received minor inju-
ries and the other vehicle occupant
was trapped in his vehicle and was in
a serious condition.
"Air Force firefighters were
placed on standby at the scene in
case of fire or other assistance was
required, and Base Security Police
managed traffic and performed the
role of incident site controller until
NSW Police arrived."
NSW Police Assistant
Commissioner Carlene York and
NSW Police Port Stephens Local Area
Commander Superintendent Charlie
Haggart witnessed Air Force person-
nel's actions and interagency coopera-
"Air Force personnel on scene
were extremely professional, diligent
and critical in saving the patient's life
and that he was 'lucky' to have had
the accident where he did,'' Inspector
Inspector Matthews, who was
commander when the tanker Pasha
Bulker ran aground off Nobbys Beach
in Newcastle in June 2007, said the
incident was one of the most calm,
controlled and organised accident
scenes that he had attended.
WGCDR Johnson said all Air
Force respondents did
an incredible job.
A debrief was con-
ducted on the day with
NSW Police, Air Force
medical, fire, secu-
rity police and air base
command post staff.
The base psycholo-
gist and chaplain briefed critical inci-
dent response action and follow up was
initiated on November 25.
from left, AC
were part of
Photos: LAC Mark
THE WHOLE TEAM: the
emergency service team who
attended the accident outside the
THE WHOLE TEAM: the
RAAF Base Williamtown person-
nel rolled up their sleeves in a big
way to give blood in this year's
Australian Defence Organisation
blood challenge, but it was not
enough to help give Air Force the
title for the third year in a row.
Army came out on top in the
which ran between September
1 and November 30, with 2.09
per cent of Army giving blood to
Navy's 1.83 per cent, Air Force's
1.5 per cent and the civilians'
1.17 per cent.
So while Air Force donations
were not enough to hold on to
the title, Williamtown still gave it
an impressive shot.
From November 21 to 25,
272 personnel from 34 units
across the base donated to the
Red Cross Blood Service.
It was a competition within a
competition. A tally for each unit
was kept at the donor mobile and
the winning unit was the one with
the highest participation rate.
Williamtown Blood Challenge
coordinator Sam Hays said the
winner was Headquarters 78WG
with nearly every second person
on staff donating.
OC 78WG GPCAPT Bernard
Grealy said he was pleased with
his team's response to the chal-
"It was all for a good cause
and the challenge has obviously
drawn a great response from the
base,'' GPCAPT Grealy said.
Nice drop of
the red stuff
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