Ray Crowden, from Wrest Point’s cleaning team, nominated the Huonville Ambulance Volunteers for a $1000 Helping Hand to purchase of an ELK lifting device.

The specialist equipment contains its own inflator and power supply, assisting volunteer ambulance members to lift people who’ve fallen and need assistance to get up.

Huonville Ambulance Volunteers respond to about four of these call outs each week.

Ray has volunteered with Ambulance Tasmania for the past eight years and commits about 60 hours each month to shifts with Huonville Ambulance.

“The community as a whole is getting heavier and older,” he said.

“(Sometimes people) who’ve fallen and have difficulty getting up will call Ambulance Tasmania for help getting back on their feet and the Huonville Ambulance Volunteers are tasked with assisting.

“Our trained volunteers can assess the patient and use the ELK, which is placed under them and inflated, lifting them to chair height.

“It saves our backs and gets patients off the ground quickly and safely.”

Andrew Bone from Ambulance Tasmania thanked Federal Group for its support.

He said the ELK device meant emergency paramedic crews weren’t tied up by non-emergency situations.