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Ambulance not going anywhere

Friday, 5th April, 2013

By Kurtis J Eichler

NSW Ambulance has vowed not to remove White Cliff 's sole ambulance as concern mounts over the future of the service.

A lack of properly trained volunteers led NSW Ambulance and the manager of Western Health Services to temporarily remove the community's sole ambulance last month.

NSW Ambulance and State MP John Williams both confirmed the ambulance wouldn't be removed.

"I've got a guarantee from the NSW Ambulance Service that they've got no intentions of removing the ambulance," Mr Williams said.

"They are not taking the ambulance away." A spokesperson for the NSW Ambulance Service said the two certified volunteer paramedics would share the responsibility of the vehicle.

One however was leaving today, meaning the service would be out of action until more got on board.

"NSW Ambulance will actively seek more members of the public in the White Cliffs area to be trained as Volunteer Ambulance Officers," the spokesperson said.

Central Darling Shire mayor Ray Longfellow said not having an ambulance meant calling on the Wilcannia service - 97km away.

"The wildlife and there is a substantial number of cattle on this road so it creates problems for the safety and security of the people travelling," Cr Longfellow said.

"I believe people who live in that remote area are entitled to this service."

Councillor Honor Liversidge yesterday said she'd collected 24 people interested in volunteering for the service.

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