ON PATROL: Police conduct a random breath operation at Woombye.
ON PATROL: Police conduct a random breath operation at Woombye. Warren Lynam

Ambos’ calm relieves road horror scenes

ARRIVING cool and calm, paramedics are often the first on scene at horrific car crashes, dealing with broken and torn bodies.

With 33 years' experience, Chris Broomfield knows all too well the trauma of road crashes and the flow-on effects to families and the wider community.

The Sunshine Coast Local Ambulance Service Network assistant commissioner has attended countless crashes, many of which could have been easily prevented.

"We have to remain focused on the patient, address their injuries, before moving them off to hospital," Mr Broomfield said.

"We are there in some people's worst of times, darkest days and we try our best and our paramedics perform well under this stress.

"Crashes can be traumatic, but at the end of the day we are there to help."

Mr Broomfield has shared his experiences during the first Queensland Police Service Road Safety Week, which is aimed at reducing the region's road toll.

A heavy police presence has been felt on the Sunshine Coast this week as officers conduct a major road blitz.

Last night the Bruce Hwy at the Shell twin service stations was closed as police pulled over drivers for random breath tests.

A similar operation was performed at Steve Irwin Way and at Woombye in front of the Big Pineapple yesterday morning.


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