MAK­ING AMBO LIFE EAS­IER

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE -

PARAMEDICS are on the front line when it comes to emer­gency care but a lo­cal group is stand­ing be­hind them to help make their jobs eas­ier.

The Stan­thorpe Lo­cal Am­bu­lance Com­mit­tee works as a li­ai­son be­tween paramedics and the Granite Belt pub­lic.

This week is Am­bu­lance Week and LAC sec­re­tary

❝ It just makes their job that lit­tle bit eas­ier.

— Bev McLean

Bev McLean wants to ed­u­cate Granite Belt res­i­dents on the role paramedics play in the town.

“It’s ba­sic things like when to call an am­bu­lance,” Mrs McLean said.

“There are peo­ple walk­ing into the back of the hos­pi­tal who’ve had heart at­tacks and they haven’t both­ered to call an am­bu­lance.

“They’ve had chest pains at home so they’ve just hopped in a car and driven to a hos­pi­tal with kids in the car.

“It’s getting the mes­sage out that when there is an emer­gency call an am­bu­lance, they’re there, they’re getting paid to be on call.

“If you’ve got chest pains you call an am­bu­lance, you don’t worry about what if it’s not a heart at­tack – so what? You’ve got the best treat­ment you can pos­si­bly get.”

The other role the LAC plays is fundrais­ing for equip­ment not sup­plied by Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

Al­though QAS pro­vides the ba­sics, the LAC has bought paramedics high qual­ity stetho­scopes, cut­ting im­ple­ments to help break into build­ings dur­ing an emer­gency and other train­ing equip­ment.

“It just makes their job that lit­tle bit eas­ier,” Mrs Mclean said.

■ The LAC will be at the Stan­thorpe Pi­azza on Mary­land st to­day from 9am -1pm. Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to con­tact Bev McLean on 0405 761 571 with any ques­tions.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

HELPERS: LAC sec­re­tary Bev McLean (sec­ond from left) helps make the paramedics’ lives eas­ier; (from left) Hari Jayakody, Ginny Love­lady and Jon Dean.

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