AN IN­SIDE LOOK AT MOSS­MAN QAS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

The town of Moss­man is sur­rounded by re­ally in­ter­est­ing ter­rain. A strange mix of wa­ter­ing holes, moun­tain ranges, beaches and 4WD tracks make up the bound­ary of the Moss­man QAS res­cue perime­ter. The Gazette spoke to para­medic Susie Mor­gan, who has worked the Moss­man cir­cuit for 3 years, about the ins and outs of work­ing such a di­verse area. “There aren’t def­i­nite bound­aries, some­times we go right up to PKs at Cape Tribu­la­tion. We can go to Mt Car­bine, Mt Molloy, it all de­pends on who has the clos­est ve­hi­cle to the job. “At Moss­man we have 4 ve­hi­cles in to­tal, dur­ing the day there’s 2 crews so 2 cars that are op­er­at­ing.” “The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple here have been here for a num­ber of years.” “On the Moss­man Gorge [trails] it doesn’t hap­pen that of­ten that some­one gets in­jured, and most of the time it’s twisted an­kles from not wear­ing the right footwear.” “Some­times there have been res­cues that in­volve the chopper. A few months ago a pa­tient was up on a water­fall and the para­medic had to climb up the rocks to get to the pa­tient and the he­li­copter winched them down. Other than that it’s car ac­ci­dents down em­bank­ments, bush res­cues, try­ing to find where peo­ple are on th­ese mas­sive ru­ral prop­erty.” “Those ones are hard be­cause our cars aren’t well suited for the bush so you of­ten end up walk­ing for a bit and car­ry­ing peo­ple.”

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