QUEENSLAND Ambulance volunteers will be recognised for their positive contributions to the service during National Volunteer Week next month.
Commissioner of the Queensland Ambulance Service Russell Bowles said volunteers were an integral part of the service’s operations.
“Paramedics are on the front line every day helping save lives, but they could not do it without the support of community volunteers,” Mr Bowles said.
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“National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to highlight their efforts and dedication, and to thank them for all they do.
“We appreciate the time and effort our volunteers contribute towards providing the community with quality health care in their time of need.
“QAS volunteers include First Responders, Volunteer Drivers and Honorary Ambulance Officers who attend to Triple Zero (000) calls for assistance and support paramedics at emergency scenes, especially in remote areas.”
First Responders and Honorary Ambulance Officers are trained in first aid and dispatched to provide an initial response while the ambulance is on its way.
Volunteer drivers generally help paramedics at single-officer stations by driving the ambulance in non-emergency situations, allowing patient treatment to continue during transport to hospital.
“I also want to acknowledge the tireless work of our 149 Local Ambulance Committees across Queensland and the more than 1,300 volunteers that support their local stations through fundraising and providing free CPR Awareness sessions to communities,” Mr Bowles said.
“More than 60,000 Queenslanders have now learnt the life-saving skill of CPR since mid-2014 when volunteers and paramedics started delivering the current program.
“I encourage anyone with an interest in ambulance services who wants to make a difference in their community to consider volunteering with QAS.”
The National Volunteer Week theme “Give Happy, Live Happy” reflects the research that shows people who volunteer live happier, healthier lives.
National Volunteer Week runs from 8 to 14 May 2017.
To see the volunteering opportunities available within the Queensland Ambulance Service, click here.