When the call came in from Northland District Health Board for help in picking up renal patients stranded by Northland floods, Staff Sergeant Ben Penney was ready to go.
“Flood or not, I knew that these patients need their medical care and if they could not make it to a hospital or get their medication it becomes a life and death situation,” Staff Sergeant Penney from the 3rd/6th Reserve Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, said of Saturday’s call.
“I mustered our Reserves and together we prepared our Unimog truck. We got supplies to keep the patients comfortable on the trip such as thermal mats, smock liners and water. We then made our way to a patient in need in Ōakura. The roads were pretty dicey due to extreme flooding, however the Unimog is exceptional in such conditions,” he said.