AMBULANCE Victoria Pipes and Drums marched down Foster’s main street on Sunday, accompanied by ambulances old and new, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the local ambulance station on April 7, 1963.
Paramedics past and present, members of the Foster Ambulance Auxiliary and the wider community came together at the ambulance station to celebrate. They enjoyed a sausage sizzle, followed by cake and coffee, while they listened to the pipe band and perused the display of historical photographs and press clippings assembled by the president of the local auxiliary, Nola Taylor.
There has been an ambulance service in Foster since the mid 1940s, initially staffed by volunteer drivers, but the station was only opened in 1963. Special guests at Sunday’s birthday celebrations included Bill Robertson, who was Station Officer from 1967 to about 1983 and Alan Tiplady, who was an ambulance officer at Foster from 1974 to 1988. John Barrie took over from him and is still at Foster, working as the only MICA officer in the district. Brian Mellor has worked at Foster for even longer – since 1985.