Narrogin Revheads’ $20,000 donation to the St John Ambulance sub-centre will help put the finishing touches on the vital patient transfer facility at the airport. The Revheads committee presented the sub-centre with the cheque for its patient transfer facility at their annual last blast event on March 26. Committee member Grant Symonds said every year they aimed to make a significant donation to a community group. “A lot of people don’t know what Revheads is all about but it’s basically a bunch of community members on the committee who want to help out the community in one way or another,” he said. “We also have a lot of clubs that are involved in the events and we pay them an hourly rate and that goes towards their own fundraising.” “We want to put money back into the community that stays within the community.” For several years, St John has been using a brick carport owned by the Narrogin Flying Club to transfer its patients to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to be flown to Perth for specialist treatment. The new facility, which received approval in 2020, will have an air-conditioned room, parking under cover for two ambulances and will be able to accommodate two patients. Project manager and volunteer ambulance officer and Grant Hansen said the donation would be used for upgrading lighting, furniture and storage. “The money will go a long way towards finishing those projects to a high standard,” he said. “In the past we have flown out 280 people per year — so that’s a lot of very sick people coming out of the Narrogin Hospital that need to go to Perth. “Having a climate-controlled area, undercover parking that’s big enough to have two ambulances and better lighting will improve the care that we can provide to our patients before we transfer them to the RFDS.” The new facility is expected to be operational in about 10 weeks.