Photos: Ambulance Victoria celebrates 80th anniversary of Heyfield branch

Merrill Swan - patient from the 1990s visiting branch and old ambulances, partner was an ambulance driver in the 1990s.

HEYFIELD celebrated the 80th anniversary of its Ambulance Victoria branch on Sunday, July 9.

The Heyfield and District Ambulance League was created in 1943, when the Maffra Shire Council donated a 1927 Ford Dodge to be used as its inaugural vehicle.

This began a community-driven project to provide an ambulance service to Maffra and Rosedale Shire residents.

A vintage ambulance was on display at the event, alongside historical health equipment, mannequins, and uniforms. ’Call, Push, Shock’, CPR and first aid sessions was offered, with the AV community education van also stopping by.

The event was an opportunity for those in the community to give thanks to the branch and its paramedics, with some individuals already doing so in the lead up to the celebration.

Fleet for the day at Heyfield.

Ian Bye, Sandra Tozer and Hugh Stagg re-enacting the 1982 tree planting (which made way for building extensions).
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Heyfield Team Leader Kim Marchesi and Team Manager Sandra Tozer in a 1957 Mainline Ford, with modern and vintage portable radios.

Heyfield celebrated the 80th anniversary of its Ambulance Victoria branch on Sunday July 9.

Attendees celebrating at the branch, located at 1 Gordon St, Heyfield.

Practicing before a CPR demonstration. Wellington Paramedic Community Support Coordinator Pauline Murcott and Heyfield TM Sandra Tozer.

Patient transported by the Heyfield resourced Complex Patient Ambulance Vehicle (CPAV) Rory Smith (who is also an Ambulance Community Officer (ACO) in Paynesville) dedicated the photos to the branch as a thank you for caring from him in difficult circumstances. Accepting the photos for the branch – Josh Smith (ACO), Rory Smith (patient), Sandra Tozer (Team Manager).