Leo Cartwright
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Type of Organization
EMS/Rescue Squad/Hospital EMS - Paid
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
37 yrs
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Retired \ Communications Centre
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
Web Site:
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
The SES as mentioned is locally responsible for Road Crash Rescue; Land Search; Boating Search; Flood and Storm damage and recovery.
Very few Fire Services out side Metropolitan Melbourne carry out Road Crash Rescues in this state.
Its different over here where Fire Services are not combined in all rescues as it is in the USA. The Fire Service; Ambulance Services; Police and State Emergency Service are separate identities, but at the end of the day they work well together.
My Training:
Good Heavens where do I start: I have always had the sight to help as a young boy of 17 I joined St John Ambulance, (a well known volunteer organisation around the world) There I have given some 27yrs broken service to them and the community. At 18 I was a volunteer FireFighter with the Noble Park Fire Brigade. So both of these took up most of my time as a youth; Not Boring U yet??
At 25 I joined the Ambulance Service Victoria (Peninsula) and the rest is history.
This work became to involved and I gave the FireFighting away, but there will aways be a Light there for every FireFighter no matter where. 911 was a good example of where FireFighters past and present felt the sadness and related to the senseless of it it all.
About Me:
Yes I am married still to my first wife, ( I hope I do not have to explain that) I am a Justice of the Peace for the State of Victoria. I Like to collect shoulder Patches/Service Badges from all over the world, so feel free to contact me and send as many as U like.
I Became O.I.C. of the Traralgon Ambulance Station 1989. Involved in Paramedic challenges Vs other Paramedics. Lectured at Monash University for Paramedic Students. Involved in Training of new students paramedics. Managed a First Aid department for the Ambulance Service where FA courses were taught to the general public and Companies. Return to on the Road work, injured my back severally and now work full time in our 000 (911) Communication Centre.
I am a World accredited Medical Assessor for Road Crash Rescue. In July 2008 traveled to Wales (UK) and assessed 30 teams in 3 days.
I don't seam to have much time for the outdoors anymore, anyway the days of lying on the ground staring at the stars are over thanks to my back injury.
Day Job:
Retired Paramedic
Relationship Status:
Facebook or Other Online Profile:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Was a volunteer firefighter, then had an inkling to join the emergency services. I then joined Ambulance Service Victoria. I was stationed at Dandenong outside of Melbourne then moved to my present address in regional country Victoria in 1986.
From there on the story grows bigger and bigger, It a life I wouldn't change for the world.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
self satifaction, The spark it puts in my life.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Like most emergency services; We the Worker are our own worst enemy when it comes to recognition of of our work in the public eye.
Non recognition of staff by non operational senior management.
Wages will always be an issue, never enough.

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A woman has died after being stabbed and then set alight at a Melbourne petrol station

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 8:46am 0 Comments

A woman has died after being stabbed and then set alight at a Melbourne petrol station where her alleged attacker told frantic bystanders to "let her burn".

The 42-year-old Bayswater North woman had been airlifted to The Alfred hospital on Tuesday morning in a critical condition with burns to almost 100 per cent of her body, as well as stab wounds.

She died early on Tuesday evening.

After attacking the woman at the service…


a small town in Saskatchewan,

Posted on May 29, 2010 at 2:16am 0 Comments

One dark night outside a small town in Saskatchewan, a fire started inside the local sausage plant and in a blink it exploded into massive flames.…


Prison Fire

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 7:57pm 1 Comment

Firefighters called to a blaze inside a Melbourne jail say they have been confronted by the chaotic scene of prisoners, who should have been locked down, wandering about the burning prison wing.

Eight prisoners and one prison officer suffered injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to burnt windpipes from the fire inside the Charlotte wing of the Port Phillip Prison at Truganina about 10pm (AEST) on Saturday.



Australian Firefighter killed

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 7:04am 3 Comments

The wife of an Australia Capital Territory (ACT) [Canberra] firefighter who died in Victoria on Tuesday says he was repaying a debt to those who helped fight the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

David Balfour, 47, from Gilmore in the ACT, was killed by a large tree branch while connecting a hose to his strike team's tanker in the Victoria Fire at Yarra Ranges National Park.

A professional firefighter of 10 years' service with the ACT Fire Brigade, Mr Balfour was part of a team of 120 Canberra… Continue

Two critically injured in a bus & truck crash

Posted on August 7, 2008 at 8:25am 0 Comments

Two critically injured in a bus & truck crash

While I was in England touring the UK, my squad on July 24, 2008 attended a Bus Vs Truck incident on the Princes Highway just before 11:00am. Where a bus ran into the back of a heavy haulage truck,

The BUS driver and one of his passengers were fighting for their lives after their bus collided with a semi-trailer on a major Victorian highway west of Traralgon.

The force of the crash obliterated the front of the bus,… Continue

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At 5:39pm on June 14, 2012, Krzysztof "Gruby" Czerwinski said…

Warning!!! Dishonest trader.

At 9:30pm on February 20, 2012, William R. Burke said…

Hi Leo,,,,sorry I didn't get back to you earlier,,,I will a set of DuPont Fire Rescue and Munford Fire Dept patches to you in the mail tomorrow!



At 1:48am on July 8, 2011, Andrew said…
trade patches

Good day! I am a collector from Ukraine. I suggest you to exchange patches.

Andrew. tkachenko_van@optima.com.ua
At 2:08pm on March 23, 2011, Rosemary Nord said…
Hi, I have to confess, that I haven't really been involved with this FFN website at all since I joined almost a year ago! I just signed in again, and see that I told you that I would send you some patches. WOW! some 'friend' I am. I haven't shown to be very good at follow through here! I am actually about to have surgery on my right big toe. I am off duty now and will be back to duty after the surgery and some physical therapy! Stay safe!
At 9:24am on January 19, 2011, johnnie w. specht said…
hey leo i dont have any emergency patches yet.
At 11:08pm on January 14, 2011, Izzy ( J. Bade) said…
hey Leo, its been ages since I've been on here. too much going on around here. was thinking about you while seeing all the devastation down there. how ya been? hopefully it hasn't been too bad for ya. be safe out there, and when you get a moment, drop a note.
At 12:45pm on December 10, 2010, john holtan said…
Thanks Leo for the message. I don't have any patches at this time. I am just getting my new business up and running. I am the inventor of the Gas Monitor Simulator. If you have an iPod touch iPhone or iPad please download the app at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gas-monitor-simulator/id362628351?mt=8 and I will then unlock your device so you can try it out.

Hope to talk to you soon.
John Holtan
Be safe!
At 1:23am on December 2, 2010, Elijah Davis said…
did you get the patch I sent
At 4:22pm on October 4, 2010, John said…
Ok Leo I have your address I will send soon please give me time
At 11:32pm on September 27, 2010, Andrew(Skinny) Lingard said…
Leo, our Donkey is still AWOL, have you seen him about Vic or walkabout creek
At 6:08pm on September 12, 2010, Kent said…

Are you interested in swapping patches. Email me at kentheg@yahoo.com if you want to trade.

Stay safe,

At 7:09pm on August 23, 2010, Edmund Ford Power 3rd said…
I don't know anything about Australia, but does it get snow or aything? and how is it over there?
At 9:47pm on August 15, 2010, Arron said…
Same goes Leo, Looks like im not the only one who has been getting stuffed around. If you didnt want the one I sent you, then send it back. Just so you know Im going to add a few comments to the patch trading groups to warn other traders about this, its not fair, its stealing. If there is a legitimate reason you havent kept to your end ot the trade all you had to do was let us know. The fact that you dont get back to us and when you do you make empty promises, thats what looks bad. Come on, keep to your end ot the trade.
At 6:05pm on August 15, 2010, RON aka "LUCKY" said…
what’s the deal here, summers almost over ! ! ,, I sent you my stuff months ago and haven't received the 1 (ONE) thing I asked for and you said you were gonna send in return ,,,, Am I getting stiffed or are your really just a slack-ass ? ? You’ve put a sad twist on a time honored firefighter hobby, trading patches ,,,, I will never with anyone on this site again ,,,, If you don’t want or appreciate what I sent, feel free to return them ,,,,
At 2:34pm on August 13, 2010, Ashley said…
Hey Leo,

That's excellent! I am slightly busy this upcoming week between class and duty, However, I will get the patch out to you as soon as possible!!!

At 7:07pm on August 12, 2010, Arron said…
Hey Leo,
Whats going on mate, I havent heard from you for ages. Its now been two and a half months since I sent you those patches and now your not getting back to me???
Come on mate, be fair about it - I have given you the benefit of the doubt until now.
At 9:45pm on July 27, 2010, Arron said…
Hey Leo

Dont mean to be a pest, have you sent that patch yet. Just havent heard from you in a while.
Hope all is good mate,
At 10:05pm on July 26, 2010, Ashley said…
Hello Leo, would you be interested in trading patches...I'm from North Carolina..USA...
At 7:10pm on July 21, 2010, carlitos said…
hi Leo!!! well, thanks for your words of welcome pal... and regarding to your request for patches, let me tell you that I've been training in mountain rescue at Italy and France last year, and have patches from them That I'm gonna try to send you, and of course, my own unit's patch!!
Look forward of being able to visit Australia someday.... and let's share some beers and a lot of stories!!
At 12:15pm on July 17, 2010, Otakar Lukac said…
Thanks Leo, we do have in my fire station the largest Fire Patch collection in the country, from all over the world, feel free to send us yours also to:
Comandante Otakar Lukac
Cia. Bomberos Salvadora Lima 10
Jr. Belen 1027
Lima 1
Thanks and best regards

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