Past Kingaroy LAC president John Box, left, and current president Darryl Dove present officer-in-​charge Mei-Lin Dean with the Hovermatt Lift at Tuesday night’s LAC meeting

March 9, 2022

The Kingaroy Local Ambulance Committee has handed over more equipment to local ambos in a bid to make their jobs that little bit easier.

The group applied for a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant in 2021 and received $23,916.

The group used the money to buy a Hovermatt Lift, HoverJack and accessories ($12,154); a Ferno Venice power chair ($9620) and 20 Leatherman Raptor shears ($2142).

The equipment was handed over to a grateful Kingaroy QAS officer-in-​charge Mei-Lin Dean on Tuesday night.

She said the Hovermatt Lift was a first for the Kingaroy station and would make lifting patients a lot easier. It can handle weights of up to 544kg.

The Hovermatt will allow paramedics to safely lift individuals who have fallen without gathering a lift team.

The HoverJack consists of four chambers that are inflated sequentially to comfortably lift individuals from the floor to bed or stretcher height while lying down.

The power chair assists in moving patients up and down stairs, and will be used in the station’s patient transport vehicle.

The Leatherman shears will be issued to individual paramedics and can be used to cut seatbelts etc in emergency situations.

Paramedics would hand them back to the Kingaroy Station if they were transferred.

The Kingaroy LAC has supplied the Kingaroy Ambulance Station with hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment over the years, including training mannequins, text books and other aids.

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