Suc­cess in field is due to peo­ple skills

The Western Star - - News -

FOR al­most 30 years, Karl Rad­ford has been sav­ing the lives of his neigh­bours.

Nom­i­nated by his su­per­in­ten­dent, Of­fi­cer Rad­ford was last week re­warded for his ded­i­ca­tion to the Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice by be­ing named South West Para­medic of the Year.

“My dad in­spired me to be­come a para­medic, he was a vol­un­teer hon­orary of­fi­cer for more than 20 years,” he said.

“When I got my driver’s li­cense, my dad got a call late one night and had no­body to drive him.

“So he said ‘get out of bed boy, we’re go­ing for a drive’.

“We were go­ing a long way into a fairly iso­lated area, so I jumped in the truck and drove to help him out.

“I de­cided then that was what I re­ally wanted to do.

“I’m cel­e­brat­ing 29 years this Christ­mas.”

Join­ing the QATB in its last year of ex­is­tence be­fore it be­came Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, Of­fi­cer Rad­ford credits his pro­fes­sional suc­cess to his peo­ple skills.

“I think hav­ing good skills and knowl­edge is up there but I think you need to be a peo­ple per­son and know how to talk to peo­ple,” he said.

“If you can build rap­port with peo­ple quickly and eas­ily, half your work is done.

“It’s the good stuff about the job that keeps me com­ing back.

“It’s hear­ing about how you made an im­pact in some­body else’s lives.”

PHOTO: ELLEN RANS­LEY

JOB LOVER: Karl Rad­ford, of Roma, has been recog­nised as the Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice’s South West Para­medic of the Year.

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