A TEAM EFFORT WORK AS A SPECIAL OPS PARAMEDIC
IT OFTEN takes much more than a screeching siren and flashing lights for Chris Anson to get to his jobs as quickly as possible.
As a special operations team paramedic for NSW Ambulance, he deals with emergencies in places that are difficult to access.
“It could be finding an injured bushwalker in a national park and helping them out safely,” he said.
Working in aquatic environments, vertical access to cliffs and buildings, swiftwater incidents and access to confined spaces are all part of the specialised training.
“You get to work in a small team in a variety of environments that present challenges,” Mr Anson said.
“The best part is going home knowing you’ve made a difference to the way people are living.”
Mr Anson’s desire to help people was what led him to start working with NSW Ambulance 15 years ago.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t terrifying initially,” he said. “It put me out of my comfort zone, but that also comes with its rewards.”
Time and experience taught him to stay calm and focused in the face of tragedy.
“That’s something that you learn on the job and you are most likely born with that attribute too,” he said.
Mr Anson said that while passion and initiative are vital attributes for paramedics, it is more important to be able to work well in a team.
“Our efforts as individuals are helpful but it’s the team effort that gets the job done,” he said.