Lo­cal am­bos of­fi­cially record hold­ers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

OUR lo­cal am­bos are of­fi­cially world record hold­ers, cer­tifi­cate and all.

De­spite two false starts with the cer­tifi­cate be­ing lost in the mail, the Whit­sun­day Am­bu­lance Sta­tion is the proud home of the Guin­ness World Record for the long­est CPR re­lay – a stag­ger­ing 986 par­tic­i­pants.

“So I’m ex­pect­ing an­other two cer­tifi­cates in the mail one day,” ad­vanced care para­medic Ian Rad­ford joked.

Hav­ing been one of the driv­ing forces be­hind the at­tempt, Mr Rad­ford was at a loss for words at en­ter­ing the records books.

“I don’t know if I can ex­plain how proud the whole sta­tion is of hav­ing it,” he said.

“For a com­mu­nity of this size with such an achieve­ment and all that build up, it al­ready takes pride of place.”

With the pre­vi­ous two records set in Time Square and at Manch­ester Univer­sity, it’s a real pat on the back for Air­lie Beach, Mr Rad­ford said.

“They’ve got masses of peo­ple and we’ve got a day of an in­flux of Schoolies sup­port­ing the event and hop­ing to get the num­bers,” he said.

“It was like ‘are we go­ing to do it?’ “Their ti­tle has al­ready caught the eye of com­peti­tors how­ever.

“I’ve got peo­ple in the UK am­bu­lance ser­vice say­ing ‘we’re go­ing for it this year’,” Mr Rad­ford said.

“I don’t think they know what’s in­volved, so I’m pretty sure we’ve got a com­fort zone with ours.”

Whit­sun­day Am­bu­lance Sta­tion of­fi­cer-in-charge Steve Thurtell said it had been great fun, but also served a pur­pose.

“The whole point of it was to kick home the mes­sage of CPR aware­ness,” he said.

“Early CPR makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence in out­comes.”

The crew thanked the Whit­sun­day and Proser­pine am­bu­lance staff, the lo­cal am­bu­lance com­mit­tee, the com­mu­nity, Wool­worths, Cruise Whit­sun­days and, of course, all the par­tic­i­pants.

Any par­tic­i­pants want­ing a scanned copy of the cer­tifi­cate should email rad­ders76@gmail.com.

CHUFFED: Ad­vanced care para­medic Ian Rad­ford and Whit­sun­day Am­bu­lance Sta­tion of­fi­cer-in-charge Steve Thurtell were over­joyed to re­ceive their of­fi­cial Guin­ness World Records cer­tifi­cate.

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