Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Officers Embrace Saving Lives

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Officers Embrace Saving Lives

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Andrea Davy

andrea.davy@dailymercury.com.au

BEING a paramedic is not something everyone would be able to handle.

But there is nothing else the three new qualified ambulance officers at South Mackay Ambulance Station would rather be doing.

After two-and-a-half years of on-the-job training, as well as theoretical study, the trio has now passed the final exam in Brisbane and returned to work as qualified officers.

Other paramedics congratulated them on passing at the station's lunch room yesterday, welcoming them into the club of late nights, long shifts and busy days.

Although David Maiden admitted the job wasn't as glamorous as some might think, he agreed with his colleagues when he said he first chose the career path because he wanted to help people.

C[pounds sterling]The saving lives, it's what everyone dreams of being a paramedic,C[yen] Mr Maiden said.

C[pounds sterling]In reality though, it doesn't happen every day. …

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