HE’S used to callouts – but Tamworth man Jason Sylvester had to attend his own “call-up” onto a stage on Saturday night when he was awarded a gong for the best NRMA road service patrolman in country NSW.
Mr Sylvester, one of two NRMA patrolmen in Tamworth, attended the awards ceremony at The Mercure Hotel on the Gold Coast with his boss, NRMA road service proprietor for Tamworth, Brett Robinson.
Mr Sylvester, 33, was really happy to win the award.
“It felt great,” he said.
“I was a finalist in 2009 and 2012 but this is the first time I’ve got it.
“It feels alright. The weekend away felt even better.
“We’re rated on feedback that we get from (NRMA) members.”
Mr Sylvester works alongside the other Tamworth patrolman, Colin Woodhouse, on a rotating roster.
“Colin’s the best person in the world to work with,” Mr Sylvester said.
Mr Robinson was full of praise for Mr Sylvester.
“This year he’s got up, which is great,” Mr Robinson said.
“He’s absolutely exceptional at his job ... nothing’s ever too much trouble for him – the members are always at the front of his mind.”
There are 8500 callouts every year in the Tamworth NRMA area – which has a radius of 35km – with most callouts generated in the city itself.
Mr Robinson said that figure of 8500 had been stable for about the past four years.
“For country sites around the state it’s probably about the fourth biggest,” he said.
Tweed Heads has the most callouts per year – 16,500.
Mr Sylvester, who established automotive mechanical repair business The Car Doctors about six months ago in Taminda, said that last week he became the only NRMA-approved repairer in Tamworth for mechanical repairs.