Day and nights busy for new boss

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A SNAKE bite, near-drown­ing and mi­nor traf­fic ac­ci­dents have kept Port Dou­glas’s new am­bu­lance of­fi­cer-in-charge Ian Day busy in his first week on the job.

Start­ing as OIC last Thurs­day af­ter trans­fer­ring from Palm Is­land, Mr Day said he has al­ready clocked up the hours look­ing af­ter the Port Dou­glas com­mu­nity - but it was all in a day’s work.

“We’re here to help peo­ple in both an emer­gency and non-emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, it’s pretty in­ter­est­ing some of the cases I have been to al­ready up here,” he said.

“It’s very sim­i­lar to Palm Is­land but the case va­ri­ety has been dif­fer­ent, up here I have been deal­ing more with el­derly type cases and with tourist-type stuff as well.”

One tourist-re­lated in­ci­dent was last Sunday night a woman in her 30s was walk­ing back from the restau­rant to her room in a lo­cal re­sort when she “stepped on a snake”.

“The snake reared up and at­tached it­self to her leg and then bit her on the foot, her hus­band rang triple-zero and fol­lowed their in­struc­tions on ba­sic first aid un­til we took over,” Mr Day said.

“It was hard to iden­tify from the bite whether the snake was poi­sonous or non-poi­sonous so as prac­tice we treat all snake bites as poi­sonous un­til proven oth­er­wise and we treated the lady on the scene, trans­ported her to Moss­man and later to Cairns Base.”

He has also been busy with call­outs dur­ing all hours of the night and with in­creased tourists on the road has come an in­crease in mi­nor traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

On Tues­day Mr Day re­ceived a call­out for a near-drown­ing on Four Mile Beach, where a group of hol­i­day­ing fam­i­lies dis­cov­ered an un­con­scious man in the wa­ter and contacted the emer­gency ser­vices.

“The re­sus­ci­ta­tion was started by the life­guard and an­other per­son and con­tin­ued un­til I ar­rived and he had a re­turn of spon­ta­neous signs, a pulse rate and breath­ing,” he said.

It has been a busy week but with 31 years of ser­vice un­der his belt and ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in Cairns and oc­ca­sion­ally re­liev­ing in Port Dou­glas, Mr Day is more than ready for the job.

“I’m just happy to be here and I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the com­mu­nity and be­ing of as­sis­tance wher­ever I can be, I am a jus­tice of the peace as well and am happy to con­tinue do­ing those du­ties,” he said.

“I’m right into com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, when I was on Palm I was very in­volved in the com­mu­nity and I’d be happy to en­gage with the com­mu­nity up here.”

For­mer Port Dou­glas Am­bu­lance OIC Craig Down­ing has re­turned to his na­tive Christchurch in New Zealand.


New Port Dou­glas OIC: Ian Day

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