Spare Officer FAQs
Yes, you can take an ambulance to travel to whichever depot you are being sent. This is the preferred method for our members to travel to between locations while on shift, for a number of reasons:
- Your personal car insurance is most likely cover for ‘private a commuting’ use. This means your insurer may considered travelling during work hours as ‘work use’ and invalidate your insurance. Driving an ambulance or other work vehicle will mean you are correctly insured in the event of an accident and will be a clear-cut scenario in regard to any workers compensation issues.
- Having to return an ambulance to your starting location is an added incentive to get you back to this depot on time.
In regard to P8 return to depot for a dynamically deployed crew, the current policy is that:
- “Spare officers must report for duty according to the roster unless otherwise directed.”
- “Spare officers who are not rostered to a vehicle at a Station are required to contact the Duty Manager, State Operations Centre at the commencement of duty.”