George James is a volunteer with Rockhampton and district Local Ambulance Committee, which raises money for vital equipment. Photo Michelle Gately / Morning Bulletin
George James is a volunteer with Rockhampton and district Local Ambulance Committee, which raises money for vital equipment. Photo Michelle Gately / Morning Bulletin Michelle Gately

Call for volunteers for Central Qld ambulance services

THE Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is calling for volunteers to join their Local Ambulance Committees (LAC) and make a difference.

QAS Central Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Steven Coombs said LACs continue to play a vital role in QAS more than 100 years since the establishment of ambulance services in Queensland.

"The LAC role has evolved with QAS, moving their focus from fund raising to community safety awareness activities," he said.

"One thing that hasn't changed is the LACs commitment to provide a vital link between QAS and the community."

Mr Coombs said LACs work in partnership with paramedics to help deliver key safety messages to the community to prepare and prevent injury or illness.

"LACs main duty is working alongside paramedics to deliver education campaigns to create a safer community," he said

"LACs also conduct fundraising activities to purchase extra equipment, such as mannequins or stethoscopes, or fund paramedics to attend clinical workshops or courses."

Mr Coombs said the educational programs LACs deliver improve the health and well-being of their fellow Queenslanders.

"A major community education initiative led by LACs is the CPR Awareness Program, which has taught countless people how to conduct life-saving CPR in an emergency," he said.

"LACs also deliver other key safety messages, such as snake bite first aid, dangers of button batteries, and assist paramedics at station open days and community events."

Mr Coombs said there are currently more than 150 LACs, with over 1300 volunteer members, who represent communities all over Queensland.

"Volunteering is a great way to find out more about the QAS and dip your foot in before pursuing a career in health or ambulance services or community engagement roles," he said.

"Joining your LAC is also a great way to learn new skills, make friends and develop networks while also helping your community."

QAS is encouraging younger generations to step forward to continue the great work of LACs across Queensland. For more information about LACs visit: www.ambulance.qld.gov.au.



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