New Of­fi­cer in Charge for Prossie Am­bu­lance Sta­tion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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