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Selwyn Times: October 31, 2017

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26 Tuesday October 31 2017 Latest Christchurch news at MY PRIDE AND JOY SELWYN TIMES Vital service provided by St John in Selwyn Volunteer Team Manager, Samantha with Rolleston’s Turn-Key model ambulance. St John attended 213 call outs within Selwyn in September, the Rolleston team attending 180 of these; 129 for medical conditions and 20 to accidents (mainly on the roads). “Demand for St John services varies with Rolleston handling more call-outs,” advises Samantha Phillips, Volunteer Team Manager of the Rolleston Station Volunteer team. Overseeing Selwyn’s and Ashburton’s St John stations is Territory Manager and Intensive Care Paramedic, Ian Rex. He looks after the area’s six stations’ operational and managerial responsibilities like performance, stakeholders, accident reporting, compliance and complaints. Between 7am and 7pm, a paramedic, EMT (emergency medical technician) and often a volunteer or trainee man Rolleston’s station, with four employees rostered four days on/four days off. Volunteers crew the ambulance after hours. Rolleston’s ambulance is a Turn-Key model, introduced in 2010 to ensure consistency of design and equipment placement in all ambulances. It is a diesel 2-stage turbocharged intercooled Euro-5 6/V cylinder 2015 Mercedes Sprinter 319 CDI, rear wheeldrive, seven-speed automatic, with a side door for increased accessibility. Produced in Germany, it was kitted out in Hamilton with purpose built drawers, cupboards and shelving for storing equipment like splints, oxygen, and other medical supplies. Its Intensive Care Paramedic, Ian Rex oversees the St John Selwyn and Ashburton stations. total cost exceeded $225,000 and annual running costs are around $1million. All St John vehicles have an MDT (Mobile Data Terminal), an AVL (Automatic Vehicle Locater) that maps the journey and records the speed travelled, a radio communication system, and a reversing camera. Before every shift, St John response vehicles and equipment are critically checked. The vehicles, which have an eight year’ lifespan are also rotated around the district for increased efficiency and cost savings. In the future, Rolleston will likely move to a single stretchered Gen2 ambulance (introduced in 2016), which has many innovative and practical features including being designed to keep ambulance officers safer as they treat and transport patients. Its most revolutionary new feature is the automated Powerload Stryker Stretcher System with a 318kg capacity. This helps reduce lifting injuries, a quarter of which involved stretchers last year. Rolleston also has a FRU (first response unit) vehicle, a Ford Mondeo allowing volunteers to quickly respond to callouts. St John’s Clinical Control Centre’s computer-aided system dispatches both vehicles so the Rolleston team sometimes assist crews outside Selwyn. In 2014, St John introduced yellow ambulances and additional reflective signage after research identified this colour as the most visible on the road. Ambulance officers are highly trained and tested on driving under lights, siren, and transporting patients safely. They can exceed the speed limit if lights are flashing and siren is on, depending on the priority of the call-out. If an ambulance is travelling slowly with lights flashing, a very sick person is likely being transported to hospital and ambulance staff are attending them. Selwyn Motor Fest Sunday 26 November: 10am - 3pm A St John Turn-Key, Gen2 and older ambulances will be on display at the Selwyn Motor Fest in Rolleston on Sunday, 26 November (10am until 3pm). To learn more, email: crcraig.watson@ or call 027 807 2097. 9198779AA Jones Road, Rolleston, RD 7 Christchurch Ph 347 8703 Fax 03 347 9576 Mob 027 228 2854 Email • Panelbeating • All insurance claims • Sandblasting • Spray (Bake) Painting • Truck Refinishing • Windscreen Replacments • Chassis Straightening • Motorhome Refinishing • Loan Cars 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday October 31 2017 27 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS Jones Rd Auto Selwyn Motor Fest and Family Fun Day Jones Rd Auto is the naming rights sponsors of the Selwyn Motor Festival and Family Fun Day. This festival which will be held on 26 November not only showcases and provides an exciting day out for all it is also the fundraiser for the Rolleston branch of St John’s Ambulance. “We really wanted to come on board with this as we see this event for those who love cars and a wonderful event for all the family to enjoy, but more importantly helping out St John’s Ambulance who provide such an important and vital service to all members of our community,” says Lisa. “This is an exciting event and we are thrilled to be a part of it.” Lisa and Nigel have a fond admiration for classic cars with the couple owning six now – four Holdens, a Valiant and a Celica. “We have both had cars from a young age, we love them and Nigel really loves working on his and other peoples’ in the Jones Rd Auto workshop as well,” Lisa says. Lisa’s wedding car, the Celica, is one she will never part with. Not only was it her first ever car but it is how she met her future husband when he worked on it. Thomas Costello, from the organising committee, said that Jones Road Auto and the Fleck’s were totally the right fit for naming sponsors. “We are all about local car people coming together to hold an awesome family event and support our Selwyn St Nigel & Lisa Fleck John, Jones Road Auto are a local family owned business that share our values”. Not only happy to support the Jones Rd Auto Selwyn Motor Fest & Fun Day, Nigel and Lisa have recently been involved, in partnership with the SDC Driver Safety and Lincoln & Districts Community Care, in running car maintenance courses for restricted and learner drivers. These courses teach the basics of car upkeep using a checklist including how to change a tyre and also educating drivers on the way they drive their car and how it can impact on its wear and tear. Lisa is hoping they will continue delivering complimentary courses once a month to those who want to learn these skills and will be open to teenagers or those wanting a refresher on basic car maintenance. Jones Rd Auto can service and repair all makes and models of vehicle from the small runabout, larger family SUV, motor home through to small commercial vehicles. Whether you need a warrant of fitness, vehicle servicing and repairs, auto electrical diagnostics or engine overhauls – the team at Jones Rd Auto is here to assist. Lisa and Nigel have a fond admiration for classic cars with the couple owning five classic cars – three Holdens, a Valiant and Celica Jones Road Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Matt from Selwyn Auto delivering the session Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston Specialists in Collision Repairs From small dings to major repairs • Two great locations • Collision repair specialists • Free loan cars and vans • Insurance repairs, smash repairs, rust repairs, fibreglassing • From motorbikes to horse floats • No job is too big or small • Open most Saturday mornings for customer convenience BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER 107 St Asaph St, City Central PH 0800 RO JONES