St John personnel (from left) senior order member Ian Rae,
of Lake Hawea, Wakatipu area committee chairman Marty
Black, of Queenstown, area chaplain the Rev Reg Weeks, of
Wanaka, and Central Lakes territory manager Kelvin
Perriman, of Queenstown, with St John Glenorchy ambulance
officer Yvonne Gollop, station manager Callan Grimmer and
ambulance officer Russell Varcoe, with Glenorchy's new 4WD
ambulance yesterday. Photo by James Beech.
A rugged 4WD ambulance is ready to save lives in the
Glenorchy district after more than two years of fundraising.
St John personnel from far and wide joined guests for the
dedication ceremony in Glenorchy yesterday. The $100,000
Toyota Land Cruiser was modified in Hamilton and is expected
to be a forerunner for St John serving other rugged parts of
It includes a stretcher to enable patient transfers from
Glenorchy to either a Queenstown ambulance halfway on the
Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, or transport all the way to Lakes
District Hospital, Frankton, freeing up Queenstown resources.
Its 4WD capability will enable the three rostered voluntary
St John Glenorchy ambulance officers to respond to emergency
calls to unsealed roads and narrow rocky tracks and it will
be able to handle tricky river crossings in the Glenorchy and
Paradise area a 2WD ambulance would not manage. Glenorchy
residents and businesses raised about $20,000 towards the
Toyota, on top of $45,000 awarded by Central Lakes Trust. St
John paid the remainder.