AMBO OPEN DAY: Paramedic Anthony Downes guides an interactive CPR session on September 15.
AMBO OPEN DAY: Paramedic Anthony Downes guides an interactive CPR session on September 15. Amani Vassiliou

Ambos open their doors

THEY are there for us in our darkest times to provide help and hope, but often local paramedics don't get the recognition they deserve.

Donned in their uniform of green they undertake an undoubtedly challenging role and this week an opportunity to thank our humblest local heroes arose.

Ambulance Week, from September 16-22, takes place across the state annually around the anniversary of the state's first civil ambulance.

It offers an opportunity for all stations to open their doors to the public, and in turn gifts a chance to thank the QAS staff and volunteers for their hard work and ceaseless dedication.

The week kicked off in town on Saturday morning with the Chinchilla Ambulance Station open day organised in conjunction with the local ambulance committee.

LAC president Shane Wilson said the open day allowed the public to be immersed in the paramedic world and thank our local heroes.

"We really appreciate the work our paramedics do and we just wanted to say a big thank you,” Mr Wilson said.

Fairy floss, snow cones, face painting, a jumping castle, balloons, CPR demonstrations, Axel the Ambulance and a barbecue were all on offer.

For Acting Officer in Charge Anthony Downes and his team of paramedics, a central driver of the week lay in promoting CPR awareness.

"When it comes to cardiac arrest there is only a 10 percent survival rate and some of that can be attributed to no CPR being started in the first ten minutes,” Mr Downes said.

"By getting bystanders trained and confident in starting CPR before we arrive the survival rate is going to increase exponentially.

"People in the community can be fearful when a cardiac arrest happens,but, they need to know they will never get in trouble for helping someone.

"A life can literally be saved by starting CPR.”


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