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The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine



The drum : the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services magazine


Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services


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thanks and praiseCommissioners Message The Drum is the official magazine of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services. Editor Natalie Bell. Stories and photos Theresa Kuilboer, Amy Sloan, Katie Fowden, Ricki Scoot, Rebecca Forrest, Jenny Morris and Chelsea Rogers. Design and layout Euan Hawthorne. Copyright: contents of the Drum must not be copied without the Editors permission. Front Cover A group from the Emergency Department at Royal Darwin Hospital, the Northern Territory Institute of Sport and NTFRS were all involved in a multi agency study to determine the most appropriate cooling methods during the rest phase of the work rest cycle.. pfes.media@pfes.nt.gov.au PO Box 39764, Winnellie NT 0821 www.pfes.nt.gov.au The commissioner officially recognised the following extraordinary people for their hard work and dedication over recent months. Auxiliary Tara Tarca and Deb Carter received a letter of recognition for the outstanding job they did in relation to a male who was attempting suicide. See full story on page 5. A letter of recognition was also awarded to Brian Holman for his assistance in creating, developing and implementing a structured call taking program for integrated Computer Aided Dispatch. Constable Dion Bowdern was awarded a Commissioners Commendation for his brave and selfless efforts in responding to a structure fire at Kuringal Flats. A certificate of appreciation was awarded to Acting Commander Nouvelle Reed in recognition of her role as conference director for the hosting of the Conference of Commissioners of Police of Australasia and the South West Pacific Region. A certificate of appreciation was also awarded to Glenda Ramage for her role as conference coordinator for the conference. Pauline Hore, Donna Moody, Jan Lawless, Tim Price and Vicki McKenna from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs were all awarded with a certificate of appreciation for their outstanding contribution and support of Task Force Themis. Special congratulations to Pauline Williams who was selected as the 2008 Auxiliary of the Year. She has been a member of the Northern Territory Police force since April 2004 and has been actively involved in a range of areas that complement the vision and mission of NT Police. Thanks & Praise To: pfes.media@nt.gov.au Subject: Feedback from PFES Internet site Recently I was involved in a car accident 20/04/09, at the BP Palm lights at 8.45am Stuart Highway Pine Lands. The Firies, Ambo's and Police attended. I cannot thank the men and women who attended enough. They were so professional and polite they put me at ease with my injuries. I have let every one know if they are to have an accident to ensure it is near Palmerston, as the service was second to none. I thank you all who attended and assisted, I am proud to know that we have trusted professionals in the service. Thankyou, Julie Timms Morgan From: Amy, Tamara Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 11:38 AM To: Cussens, Michael; Gargan, Michelle; Gilmour, David; Tomaszewski, Nathan; Marinov, Ivan Cc: Wheeler, Graeme Subject: Promis Nr 4290800 - MVA winnellie. Hi guys, Just wanted to pass on my gratitude and thanks on behalf of my father Ian Amy (hilux driver) and my family in relation to your attendance at the above crash yesterday. Youll be happy to know that my dad was released from hospital after 6 hours observations and the addition of about 12 stitches to his head. He was very appreciative of all your efforts at the crash and was most impressed by the first unit on scene which I believe was Michael and Michelle. Thanks again guys. Keep up the good work NT Police Commissioner Ref: Stolen Vehicle on 12th March 2009 This is a short note to thank your staff for the assistance provided to myself in recovering my vehicle and tools. They achieved the operation in a matter of hours. They were very courteous and understanding and best of all they were both very young. So the future looks good for the department. Thank you, Charlie Reilly Contents NTFRS cool off 1 Commissioners Conference 2 Keeping the NT Fire Lighting Free 4 Auxiliaries Awarded for Action 5 Top Award for Top Cop 5 Police On Fire 6 3, 2, 1, Blow! 6 CATS Visit Utopia 7 Destination Oenpelli 8 Brigadoon Lands in Nyirripi 9 Brevet Sergeant Glen Huitsons 10th Anniversary the legacy endures. 10 Viper Has Large Paw Prints to Fill 11 Sandy Enniss 30 years in the public service 11 Its Showtime! 12 Best Job in the World 13 Squad 30 30 Year Reunion 1415 Josh Celebrates Christmas in May 16 A World of New Media 16 All in a Days Work 17 Fitness Focus for Our Future 17 Volunteers the Best for NTES 18 NTES Welcomes New Members 19 Emergency Service Vessel Arnhem 19 Imagine If... 20 Intelligent Life at PMC 20 Volunteers Lead the Way 21 Walking for Charity 22 St. Ken & His Dragons 22 Community Spirit Alive and Well at Footy Grand Final 23 More Than Just a Game 23 Service Medal Canine Style 24 Farewell Mark Jeffs 24 Fired Up for Arafura Games 25 Yidiyu 25 2009 ANZAC Day NTPFES v Army 26 Year 1 Excursion to Ramingining Police Station 27 In the spotlight 28 Our second edition for the year, the August Drum again demonstrates the Tri-services commitment and impact on all areas of the Territory community. Congratulations to Police, Fire and Emergency Services members who continue to be recognised and awarded both locally and nationally for their dedication to doing a great job and, performing above and beyond their role; in one situation, an auxiliarys quick thinking even saved a mans life. I am also proud to highlight the commitment that the Tri-service has to continuous improvement, as evidenced in the diverse and ongoing training courses taking place across all areas of the agency. Our Police, Fire and Emergency Services members put a high priority on developing their skills and capabilities and being aware of the latest technologies available to them, so that they can provide the best services possible. We pay special tribute to Brevet Sergeant Glen Huitson, with 2009 marking 10 years since he was tragically killed while performing his duty. Although 10 years have passed, Glen continues to be remembered fondly by family and colleagues; his family commemorates his birthday each year and a shade structure has been built in his honour, constructed by volunteering Police officers. A special mention should be given to all our Fire and Rescue and Emergency Service volunteers who play a crucial role within the NTPFES and do an outstanding job, in their own time and without pay. Given the geographical spread of the Northern Territory, volunteers have an integral role in providing emergency assistance and in many remote situations, are often first on the scene. Lastly, I would like to thank all NT Police, Fire and Emergency members who continue to creatively and enthusiastically engage the community through various activities, sporting events and fund raising occasions far and above the call of duty.