Thirty five Advanced Care Paramedics will take up positions across the State in coming weeks after graduating from the Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy (QCESA) in Brisbane today.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Thirty five Advanced Care Paramedics will take up positions across the State in coming weeks after graduating from the Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy ( QCESA ) in Brisbane today.
Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services Betty Kiernan presented diplomas to the graduates at a special ceremony held at the Kedron Emergency Services Complex.
“Today’s ceremony not only marks the advancement of these graduates’ careers, it also represents a significant boost to the Queensland Ambulance Service’s ( QAS ) ranks,” Mrs Kiernan said.
“These thirty five fully qualified and experienced Advanced Care Paramedics will ensure the QAS can continue to build on the high level of service it provides to the Queensland community.”
“Today’s graduates should be extremely proud of having attained this level of training, which will allow them to become the next generation of QAS paramedics to serve communities in their time of need.”
“While similar courses are offered by other institutions, the Diploma of Paramedic Science ( Ambulance ) course is one of the only courses in Australia designed to produce work-ready Advanced Care Paramedics on completion of the 30-month program.”
“Since July 2008, 447 students have graduated from this program and the training today’s graduates have received has thoroughly prepared them for their important work.”
“Each of these Advanced Care Paramedics has already experienced life on the frontline, having worked in regions across the State throughout their training and can now look forward to making a real difference to the lives of local residents during the course of their careers.”
Mrs Kiernan said the graduates, part of the 75 additional ambulance officers to be funded this financial year, will soon be deployed to QAS regions across the State.
“Ten of today’s graduates will be posted to Brisbane, eight to the South Eastern region, three to the South Western Region, two to the Northern region, five to the Central Region, five to the North Coast region and two to the Far Northern region, ,” he said.
“This Government is committed to ensuring the people of Queensland receive the highest level of ambulance care available, and today’s graduates will help us to deliver on that commitment.”
QAS Commissioner David Melville congratulated all of the service's new Advanced Care Paramedics.
“The Diploma of Paramedic Science ( Ambulance ) course that these new officers have completed is highly regarded and produces well-rounded and work-ready paramedics," he said.
“They now have the practical and theoretical skills needed to give Queenslanders the best possible pre-hospital care available.
"I am very proud of the dedication and commitment each of these officers has shown and wish them the best in their future careers."
Media contact: Minister’s Office – 3239 0199
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