RECOG­NIS­ING SHIRE’S HE­ROES

Paramedics hon­oured for life­sav­ing work

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Alexia Austin Alexia.Austin@west­ern­starnews.com

SEY­MOUR War­rian of the Queens­land De­fence Force Am­bu­lance Corp had a prob­lem on his hands.

It was 125 years ago, a rider had frac­tured his leg when his horse fell on him at the Bris­bane ex­hi­bi­tion.

The man re­quired ur­gent med­i­cal at­ten­tion, but that was lo­cated miles from the event. Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Mr War­rian de­cided to form the civil am­bu­lance ser­vice, us­ing horse and cart to trans­port pa­tients to lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

Am­bu­lance sta­tions from across south-west Queens­land gath­ered last Thurs­day to cel­e­brate the 125th an­niver­sary of the Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice by at­tend­ing the 2017 lo­cal am­bu­lance ser­vice net­work awards at the White Bull Tav­ern in Roma.

Two St Ge­orge paramedics were awarded for their work within the Balonne com­mu­nity, re­ceiv­ing the out­stand­ing clin­i­cal award at the cer­e­mony.

Ron Roberts and Mark Smith from the St Ge­orge sta­tion were se­lected for their per­for­mance un­der pres­sure af­ter aid­ing a pa­tient with life-threat­en­ing in­juries in a move de­scribed as ‘dra­mat­i­cally help­ing the pa­tient’s fi­nal out­come’.

The duo was pre­sented with the out­stand­ing clin­i­cal award dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion for their ser­vice to the St Ge­orge com­mu­nity.

South West Lo­cal Am­bu­lance Ser­vice Net­work ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Loretta John­son said the award cer­e­mony helped to cel­e­brate some of Queens­land’s finest ru­ral ser­vice mem­bers.

“It is very im­por­tant we recog­nise and award the work of our paramedics, as well as our vol­un­teers and am­bu­lance com­mit­tee mem­bers, through this cer­e­mony,” Ms John­son said.

“Ru­ral am­bu­lance ser­vices not only give a high stan­dard of med­i­cal care, they also play a vi­tal part in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, fig­ur­ing out what the com­mu­nity wants and what the ser­vice needs to pro­vide the best care.”

PHOTO: ALEXIA AUSTIN

GREAT WORK: Balonne sta­tion medic Mark Smith (cen­tre), pic­tured with Cun­na­mulla’s Rob Stark, St Ge­orge’s Michael Hadj and Dir­ran­bandi’s Ian Har­rold, was pre­sented the out­stand­ing clin­i­cal award for his ef­forts.

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