Ambulance service wants volunteer first responders

THE Queensland Ambulance Service is asking Imbil, Kandanga and Brooloo residents to consider volunteering as a first responder to help paramedics and their community.

Coolum officer-in-charge Gavin Bennett said first responders formed a vital link in the pre-hospital care chain and invited interested community members to come along to an open day to talk to existing volunteers about their important roles.

"As their name suggests, volunteer first responders initially turn out to both trauma and medical incidents in their communities and provide basic first aid until paramedics arrive," Mr Bennett said.

"First responders undertake training in pain management, advanced resuscitation and automated external defibrillation.

"They are the reassuring faces supporting rural and regional Queensland and form a crucial part of our service."

Mr Bennett said volunteer first responders came from all walks of life.

"You don't have to have a medical background. All that's required is a willingness to learn, and availability to help your community in their time of need," he said.

"Of course, you'll need to have your own registered, roadworthy and reliable vehicle, and a current driver's licence, because as a first responder you'll be required to respond to emergencies in your vehicle.

"Being a volunteer first responder is both challenging and rewarding.

"If you'd like to give back to your community, while also benefiting those on the front line, come along to our open day or give me a call."

Interested community members should visit http://www.ambulance.qld.gov.au for an information pack, or contact Gavin directly on 0419 765 694.