Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREER ONE - Laura Tri­este

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.

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