New role for Danielle Toole with the ambulance service

Matt White and Station officer Neal Herbert welcome new NSW Ambulance chaplain Danielle Toole to the Forbes ambulance station.
Matt White and Station officer Neal Herbert welcome new NSW Ambulance chaplain Danielle Toole to the Forbes ambulance station.

The Forbes Ambulance Station has a new friendly face working out of it, with Danielle Toole taking on the role of a NSW Ambulance Service chaplain.

Danielle will be based out of several ambulance stations around the region including Forbes, Parkes, Cowra and possibly Peak Hill.

NSW Ambulance Service chaplains are volunteers and their role is to support first paramedics, their families and the community in traumatic incidents.

Zone Manager for Central West, Superintendent Brad Porter said the paramedics are there for the community when they need it and it is important the chaplains are there for them when needed.

"The chaplain program is something we are very proud of and from a management point of view it's important to know your staff are being supported whenever and wherever they need it."

As part of her role, Danielle will occasionally join paramedics on ride-alongs to incidents, but would usually be asked to head to incidents by her duty commander or station officer.

"If there is an incident that is happening, then we go onsite and we help with bystanders, and the family, or people who are around the accident," she said.

Danielle is a trained chaplain and says her job is something she is passionate about.

"I think chaplaincy is really important in our community because we can be so isolated these days and chaplains are there to listen and be a support," Danielle said.

To become a NSW Ambulance Service chaplain Danielle went through a three day training course to learn what is required of her.

Danielle said that going through the training helped her understand the breadth of what paramedics do as part of their job.

Danielle said she wanted to join the NSW Ambulance Service as a chaplain because of what paramedics go through as part of their work and how they help the public.

"I find it a real privilege and honour to be able to support these guys while they do what they do," she said.

Superintendent Porter said the service welcomed Danielle to their team and looks forward to working with her.

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