Saving lives is natural to Brian
SAVING lives comes naturally to Brian Lehane. The former political researcher would always be the one to help at the scene of an accident and always knew what to do instinctively.
Some would say Mr Lehane answered a “calling” when he decided to join the Queensland Ambulance Service 10 years ago.
“It just dawned on me one day when a child rode past and crashed his pushbike,” he said, speaking to The Gympie Times during Ambulance Week.
“I went over to him and did first aid and that’s when I realised I was good at it.”
So Mr Lehane took a new direction at the age of 31 and was offered a traineeship at the Mackay ambulance station, where he completed three years of on-the-job training.
Ten years later, Mr Lehane is the relieving officer in charge of the Gympie station and has saved countless lives in this region during the two-and-a-half years he has been stationed here.
From his experience he says anyone can save a life.
“First aid is about applying principles of common sense. For example, if you see bleeding you put a bandage on it. If someone’s unconscious you roll them into the recovery position and clear their airways.
“Having said that I think every person in Queensland should do a first aid course.”
Mr Lehane said being a paramedic was a challenging job with many rewards.
“There are people who are in need and have nowhere else to turn. It gives me a sense of pride to be able to help them.
“It certainly makes it easy going to work when you know the end result is beneficial to the community and yourself.”