New Officer in Charge for Prossie Ambulance Station
GAVIN Cousens is the new kid on the block at the Proserpine Ambulance Station - but he’s anything but inexperienced.
Mr Cousens is the new Officer in Charge (OIC) at the station after moving to the region with his wife Jenni and two children Cody, 3, and Chloe, 1, after spending the best part of 10 years in Rockhampton.
Awarded the Commissioner’s Meritorious Service Award for bravery in 2010, Mr Cousens has spent time as a flight paramedic, an on-road paramedic as well as serving as a medic in the army.
The temptation to move to the Whitsundays was a lure Mr Cousens and his family simply couldn’t resist.
“I saw an Officer in Charge job come up on the intranet and the Whitsunday region was, simply put, an area myself and my family wanted to come to for a long time,” he said.
Drastic changes aren’t on the menu for the new OIC, instead he hopes to build on the strong foundations already set.
“The people that have been here before are really well entrenched in the community and they’ve all lived here for a long time,” he said.
“The station has run itself with a good community focus. My job is to continue that and build on relationships with stakeholders - including the firies, the police and the SES...hopefully we can build on what the staff here has already done.”
The staff at the Proserpine Ambulance Station includes advanced care paramedics and a patient transport office, who respond to more than 1500 cases a year, covering communities from south Bloomsbury, Hydeaway and Dingo Beaches to Bowen.
“The staff I have here are fantastic, community-minded paramedics,” Mr Cousens said.
“They have extremely strong ties with the community here and they do a fantastic job looking after patients in the Whitsunday area. They’ve welcomed me into the station with open arms.”
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Proserpine Ambulance Station's Officer in Charge (OIC) Gavin Cousens has been welcomed to the team with open arms by patient transport officer Rachel Jackwitz and staff.