A day in the life of an ACT paramedic

Posted 5 Jun 2019

Story by CBR Canberra

ACT paramedics feel at home in the back of the ambulance.

These local legends are responsible for providing emergency and non-emergency ambulance and aeromedical ambulance services to the ACT Community and surrounding south-east NSW region.

This is our office: ACT Ambulance Service Paramedics

In our newest edition of our “This Is My Office” series, we are featuring the life-saving (and problem-solving) work of Paramedics in the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS). Paramedics attend over 50,000 responses each year. This number is increasing year on year, which is why the ACT Government in will employ 30 additional paramedics over the next 12 months. More details below 👇

Posted by ACT Government on Wednesday, 20 March 2019

What do you love about the job?

You never stop learning. You never reach that saturation point where you can honestly say you’ve learnt everything there is to know.

What are aeromedical ambulance services?

The ACT Ambulance Service also help man and manage the SouthCare helicopter. We use this helicopter to provide rescue and retrieval services to the ACT and south-eastern NSW.

What is something you do that would surprise people?

Whilst ACT paramedics spend a lot of time-saving lives, they also find themselves solving problems for residents. Whether it’s organising a follow-up GP appointment or helping feed the dog, it’s these little add-ons that make people’s day.

What’s the most impressive piece of equipment in the ambulance?

This is a hotly debated issue, but the striker stretches, that reduce manual lifting and improve patient safety, are a favourite with the team.

Why did you want to become a paramedic?

Simple. You get to help people and contribute positively to the community.

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