Five things you need to know if you've called an Ambulance
A MURWILLUMBAH paramedic has been awarded the emergency services officer of the year.
Grant Prendergast was given the honour with only six others at the 350-guest Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards presentation in Darling Harbour, Sydney, last week.
The Rotary Districts and Clubs of NSW initiative was the only time all six NSW emergency service agencies were recognised.
The paramedic of 36 years, and peer support officer for 20 years, said the award recognised and celebrated the "invaluable contribution of paramedics and NSW Ambulance employees in general".
"As a team, we provide exceptional out-of-hospital health care to the people of NSW," he said.
Mr Prendergast said it was crucial funds raised through the awards supported an Australian Rotary Health, PhD Research Scholarship investigating post traumatic stress disorder in emergency services personnel.
"This is a great initiative by Rotary to assist in managing the trauma of emergency services personnel being repeatedly exposed to incidents that impact on them both physically and mentally," he said.
Mr Prendergast said during the early 2000s, collisions on the Burringbar range when it was still part of the Pacific highway, have shaped his career.
"Often we attended incidents with multiple casualties and fatalities and I learned that it is only possible to do the best you can with the resources and skills that you have," he said.
"Sometimes it is inevitable that there was a poor result, but that is out of your control. If first responders can maintain that view during their career it makes traumatic situations much easier to deal with."
GRANT'S TIPS TO PREPARE FOR AN AMBULANCE:
1. Make sure there are not five or six cars parked in and around the driveway.
If you have called an Ambulance we probably need to get a stretcher in the house and need to get our vehicle as close as possible.
2. Please tie up or lock up your dogs.
You may love Snippy the sheepdog or Diesel the rottweiler, but we are not so keen when he has hold of our leg in his teeth.
3. Get your story straight.
At chaotic scenes everybody has a version of what has happened. Ideally, if the paramedics can get a comprehensive story (preferably the truth) of what occurred it makes our job and the patients' care so much easier.
4. Have your medications and any relevant medical paperwork available for the paramedics.
Saves heaps of time searching for it.
5. Remember, we are just doing our job, the same as anyone else, so try and remain calm and assist us.
No verbal abuse if things are not going to plan.