RECOGNISING SHIRE’S HEROES
Paramedics honoured for lifesaving work
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.”
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.