Buderim's unsung heroes of the Christmas holidays

STAYING ALIVE: Paramedic Grant Williams and volunteers like Lynn Nicholson are looking to educate people in CPR and first aid.
STAYING ALIVE: Paramedic Grant Williams and volunteers like Lynn Nicholson are looking to educate people in CPR and first aid. John McCutcheon

OFTEN the silent soldiers in our communities, the Queensland Ambulance Service is doubling down on education and awareness in the public.

From their changing role in the public health service to basic first aid, there's plenty to learn from the men and women who spend their days saving lives, especially with Christmas just around the corner.

Acting Officer-in-Charge at the Buderim ambulance station Grant Williams said as the population swelled over the Christmas and New Year period, more cases were expected for paramedics to attend.

"Of course, where the population is will be where the work is,” he said.

He pointed to skateboards, pushbikes and other wheeled entertainment vehicles as the primary culprit for the spike in accidents.

"Not just kids, but adults who jump on them re-living their youth, then fall off and break their wrists,” he said.

"And as summer comes, the more people venturing into the water, the more people going to the beach, the more you see neck injuries and that type of thing.

"But that's to be expected, and we're fairly comfortable we'll be able to manage it.”

Part of the reason for Mr Williams' confidence is special strategies put in place to handle an influx in Triple Zero calls, particularly on New Year's Eve, growing public knowledge of basic first-aid also played a role, as Mr Williams emphasised the importance of knowing basic CPR.

The simple stuff is just DRS ABC, the 'S' there for 'send for help' is really the important one,” he said.

The long-time healthcare worker also credited the Buderim Local Ambulance Committee volunteers for their support.

"They're our connection to the community,” he said.

"Just in the last month, they've bought us equipment for training and supported us in many other ways.”

For information about CPR learning sessions, you can make enquiries to the Buderim Local Ambulance Committee on 54451871.

Topics:  ambulance ambulance and paramedics christmas christmas holidays cpr festive season first aid queensland ambulance service school holidays silly season

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