Experienced paramedics to boost Rosewood operation
THREE experienced paramedics are about to join the small crew at Rosewood Ambulance Station in a major expansion to respond to the region's population boom.
Critical care paramedic Carmen Waqanaceva and advanced care paramedics Krista Robinson and Peter Barlow will join the existing five-person team.
The station will now have two shifts every day, operating from 7am-5pm and 11am-9pm seven days a week. It has also been upgraded from a category three station to a category four - making it easier for it to become a 24-hour station in the future.
West Moreton Local Ambulance Service Network chief superintendent Drew Hebbron said the expansion was about safety for both the community and the paramedics themselves.
He said there had been a 30% increase in calls outside of station hours at Rosewood in the past two years, putting pressure on existing crew who are on-call through the night.
Mr Hebbron said the station responded to an average six-10 calls jobs day and an average of up to 130 jobs per month.
Paramedics from the area are also often tasked to jobs other areas within the West Moreton network.
"It's a great development for Rosewood because it sets the station up to provide services into the future," Mr Hebbron said.
All three paramedics moving to Rosewood call the town home with their families, and said they looked forward to becoming a stronger part of the town.
Ms Waqanaceva and Mr Barlow first met as paramedics in the Northern Territory and each have more than two decades of experience.
Ms Robinson moved to Rosewood last year and has spent more than a decade with Queensland Ambulance Service.
"I love the idea of working within my community," Ms Waqanaceva said.
Mr Hebbron said their old positions at Ipswich Station have been filled by junior paramedics.
He said much of the growing work at Rosewood and across West Moreton involved older people or those with chronic illnesses.