Finding balance with new ambulance at Falls Creek
FALLS Creek paramedics are now armed with the latest technology to cope with accidents and treat injuries at the resort.
The region has just been delivered a state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Sprinter ambulance to add to its emergency medical service equipment.
Falls Creek Ambulance Service team manager David Llewellyn said the new ambulance was part of a general upgrade at the station.
“The vehicle is replacing a smaller Volkswagen Transporter that has been in use at the station here for a number of years,” Mr Llewellyn said.
“It’s pretty much the standard ambulance you’d find across the state, but like Hotham and Buller, it has fourwheel-drive capacity.
“It also has a larger platform to work from because our patients get taken through to Albury and it’s a long trip, we need the extra room.”
Mr Llewellyn said the Falls Creek team used aircraft for serious injuries around 15 to 20 times per season.
“The more serious injuries require us to fly the patient out for medical treatment, but they can’t always land at the resort so we’ll meet them at Mt Beauty.”
He said Falls Creek paramedics commonly treated two types of injury on the mountain.
“The two main injuries we treat are head injuries and suspected spinal injuries,” he said.
“I’m not talking spinal cord injuries but more likely to be fractured vertebrae.”
Mr Llewellyn said injuries were most common among “the more adventurous youth”.
“There’s a big push at the moment to remind people to use helmets,” he said.
“We can’t stress enough how important it is for people to protect their head when they’re out on the snow.”
Mr Llewellyn said the biggest mistake snow-goers made was a simple one to avoid.
“The biggest thing we like to make people aware of is getting an ambulance subscription,” he said.
“It’s one of the things people forget – they don’t think about getting injured, but a lot of people do.
“Using an ambulance can be a costly exercise – thousands of dollars for one trip – but a membership is affordable and easy to organise,” he said.
It can be organised via our website.”