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Ambulance Service medal nominations open

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has encouraged Gippslanders to consider nominations for the Ambulance Service Medal.

Mr O’Brien said local ambulance services do a fantastic job to help people when they are most in need.

“Paramedics, volunteers and auxiliary members work long hours and sometimes put themselves at risk for the sake of others, therefore I am in search of members of our community who have gone above and beyond for others,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Ambulance Service Medal recognises men and women of Australia’s ambulance organisations and is intended for front-line paramedics who provide service directly to the community, particularly in times of emergency or disaster.

“Considerations for this award could include someone who has provided exceptional training or public education in community first aid or someone who has developed a new system for medical care or transport.

“Additionally, it could also be for someone who has delivered outstanding leadership to support the development of others within Ambulance Victoria.”

Mr O’Brien said all nominations are strictly kept confidential and the person being nominated should not be approached for information or be advised of the nomination at any stage.

Awards are made by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, on the nomination of the responsible Minister and awarded to recipients as part of the Australia Day Honours List.

“The Ambulance Service Medal is the most prestigious means of recognising distinguished service by men and women of Australia’s ambulance organisations,” Mr O’Brien said.

“If you know of someone who has gone beyond their normal call to service and you believe would be worthy of an Ambulance Service Medal award, contact my office on 5144 1987 for more information.”

Mr O’Brien said nominations closed on Friday, 22 July 2016.

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