After nearly 60 years in Tasmania, the Royal Flying Doctor Service remains busier than ever.
In the lead-up to National Volunteer Week, the RFDS held its first formal volunteer induction on Thursday evening.
A keen group of 10 potential volunteers were welcomed by chief executive John Kirwan and taken on a tour of the Launceston Airport base.
Long-time volunteer David Annear, who assists by towing the aeromedical plane simulator to community shows and events, was on hand to answer questions.
His father Ern Annear was the first Northern Tasmanian to qualify as a commercial pilot and David said he grew up knowing just how vital it was for those living in rural and remote areas.
"It's wonderful to be part of something so special," he said.
Tasmania's RFDS plane remains one of the busiest in the national fleet of 71. Mr Kirwan said there was a variety of roles for volunteers with the RFDS.
"It's our 60th birthday next year and we would love some history buffs to help us with researching the stories that made us who we are," he said.
"We also aim to have a dental truck and two mental health buses on the road soon and we're going to need drivers for these vehicles. Whether its an interest in education, administration or fundraising there is a role to suit everyone."
Anyone interested in volunteering with RFDS Tasmania can call the Launceston base on 63 910 504 or Susan at Volunteering Services Australia on 0477 771 229.
- National Volunteers Week, Pages 39-40.