Precious minutes count
ASSISTANT nurse Frances Lane moved to the Mary Valley back in 1998 and became involved with the Imbil First Responders after seeing a notice pinned up at the front of the local store.
Ms Lane didn't hesitate in putting her hand up to volunteer her time with the organisation, and today is one of the original members.
"I quickly realised after moving to Imbil how the town was far enough way for there to be quite a wait for an ambulance to arrive," she said.
"I thought first responders was a great idea."
First responders in regional and remote areas are the first to arrive at an emergency scene, providing crucial first aid and stabilising patients before an ambulance arrives.
It's life-saving work and the Imbil nurse is dedicated to the cause. First responders are fully trained by the Queensland Ambulance Service in advanced first-aid and training is ongoing.
Coolum QAS trainer and Coolum officer-in-charge Gavin Bennett yesterday applauded Ms Lane's work with the Imbil First Responders and praised the organisation.
"Minutes are crucial in an emergency and they are the first link," he said.
"First responders are in contact with the ambulance the whole time and report updates on the emergency."
Ms Lane works full time and with Imbil organisation needing more members, understood people's time was precious.
But with no expectations and rosters to contend with, volunteers give what time they can afford.
"You do only what you can manage," she said. "There's no expectation on time and I think that's the biggest thing worrying people."
Ms Lane said the role gave her the opportunity to help the community.