WATCH: How the Queensland Ambulance Service is preparing for GC2018

With under seven months to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Queensland Ambulance Service is starting to gear up for the influx of visitors to our city.

QAS Assistant Commissioner for the Gold Coast, John Hammond, told myGC around 400 to 500 paramedics will be rostered on to work over the course of the 11 day sporting event.

“My role is to oversee a lot of the planning and the logistics and to make sure we are resourced well for the actual event,” he said.


Mr Hammond told myGC some of the additional paramedics will join a bicycle response team predominately based in the Surfers Paradise and the Broadwater precincts.

“The bicycle team will allow us to have an effective response in those hard to get to areas that have a lot of traffic congestion and pedestrians.”

Mr Hammond also encouraged Gold Coasters to use the Ambulance service wisely during Games time.

“Always call triple-0 if it is a dire situation. It is very important to us to be able to maintain the service delivery to the community throughout the event.”

Watch the full chat with QAS Assistant Commissioner for the Gold Coast, John Hammond, below:

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