Old Kyogle ambulance in Sydney’s Oz Day celebrations
THERE may still be a few Kyogle residents who remember the sirens and lights on the 1938 DA NSW Ambulance Dodge that served the region for more than 25 years.
The vintage ambulance is, in fact, the longest serving ambulance known of in Australia and will play a starring role during Australia Day celebrations at Darling Harbour in Sydney today.
Looking at the polished vehicle, it may be hard to imagine the Dodge was stationed at Kyogle from 1938 to 1964.
The ambulance will be showcased during the 2016 Australia Day Spectacular aboard a barge which will also carry six staff representing the NSW Ambulance service.
Its inclusion in the parade will be a symbol of the proud history of NSW Ambulance and a reminder of the service the dedicated men and women of NSW Ambulance have given over more than 120 years.
Comprised of a Hope body built in Brisbane and a cab chassis imported from America, the vehicle clocked 372,000km – 231,000 miles – while servicing northern New South Wales.
Now on permanent display at Temora Rural Museum, the vintage ambulance also featured in seasons one and two of television series A Place to Call Home.
Ambulance services started in NSW in 1895 and has since grown to a frontline fleet of more than 1000 vehicles.
NSW Ambulance operates a suite of frontline resources designed to respond, as appropriate, to a wide range of patient conditions, healthcare pathways and physical environments including helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, motorcycles and road ambulances.
This allows the service to provide a response, on average, every 28 seconds to the NSW community.