Local ambos officially record holders
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.