Day and nights busy for new boss
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