Desperate need of volunteers

IMBIL First Responders are desperate for new volunteers to fill out their ranks.

To raise the profile of the Queensland Ambulance First Aid group, a recruitment and open day has been planned at its training room at the Imbil Fire Station on Sunday, September 12.

The day will run from 10am to 2pm and will feature a range of activities to highlight the role of a First Responder in the community.

There will be serving responders present to share their experience as First Responders.

The group needs new volunteers to perform a valued community role in emergency health care situations in the Imbil and surrounding area.


The important role of a First Responder

WITH more than 85 per cent of Queensland classified as being rural, remote or isolated, there is a significant impact on QAS’ ability to respond to emergencies in these areas.

The fundamental voluntary role of Queensland Ambulance Service First Responders in rural, remote or isolated areas ensures that first aid practices are implemented at emergency scenes prior to the arrival of advanced medical care.

First Responders enjoy contributing to their community through this rewarding and satisfying work.

In critical situations, the duties performed by a First Responder can mean the difference between life and death. As such, QAS First Responders are highly valued and essential members of the Department of Community Safety team.


Support and commitment

The Imbil First Responder Group is fully supported by the QAS and the DCS:

 Full ongoing training by Paramedics from QAS Cooroy Station;

 All equipment, supplies and uniforms are provided;

 The organisation supplies full policy, administrative and occupational health support;

 Responders train the first and third Thursday of every month – 6.30pm to 8.30pm;

 You need to commit to time to respond in your own time;

 You need your own vehicle but we will reimburse your petrol.


Do you fit the role? The QAS is seeking applicants for the position of First Responder who:

 Have a genuine willingness to contribute to their community in a voluntary capacity;

 Are caring and tolerant;

 Have the ability to manage extreme situations with calmness and leadership;

 Are committed to developing their skills; and

 Enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds.

If you are interested in becoming a community First Responder, attend the open day, or phone the officer in charge of QAS Cooroy, Gavin Bennett, on 0410 610 657.

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