Meet David – ESTA ambulance dispatcher and Troop Sergeant
To me, Anzac Day is a time to reflect and acknowledge the supreme sacrifices and hardship of our veterans and of my predecessors. The freedom that we as a country now enjoy is a direct result of those Australian Defence Force men and women.
I started my career in the Australian Army 22 years ago, as a Combat Engineer. During my time, I was deployed to East Timor and was involved in a number of tasks domestically, including helping with bushfires, the Commonwealth Games, floods and helping to set-up Aboriginal communities.
In 2014, I came to work for Victoria’s triple zero service, ESTA, as an ambulance call-taker and I’ve been here since then. I am still a Troop Sergeant in the Australian Army Reserve.
I think many defence personnel gravitate towards working at ESTA and other emergency sector roles as it is very much aligned with our psyche, which is to serve our community. I came to ESTA with that same type of motivation and enthusiasm. You feel like you’re doing something important and achieving something for the greater good every day.
At the triple zero centre I work at, there are four of us across ambulance dispatch, fire call-taking, police dispatch and telephony engineering who are in the same troop at the 22 Engineer Regiment at Ringwood East.
This Anzac Day, I will reflect on the experiences and loss that many diggers faced and the many other stories that may have never seen the light of day. A common thread throughout many of these experiences is how ‘what it means to be Australian’ and the Anzac spirit underpinned many conversations, actions and decisions.
Lest we forget.