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CareFlight welcomes new flight paramedics

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has welcomed the Queensland Government’s decision to provide two additional paramedics for the Bundaberg region, increasing CareFlight’s resources to respond to the community in its greatest times of need.

The Bundaberg Ambulance Station will now be staffed 24 hours a day rather than by an on-call system, following the addition of two new paramedics.

CareFlight CEO Ashley van de Velde has welcomed the decision as the region is one of the busiest for the iconic not for profit organisation.

“RACQ CareFlight Rescue flew more than 400 missions in the Wide Bay Burnett last year alone,” Mr van de Velde said.

“These highly trained individuals are a critical part in the delivery of lifesaving care to the residents in their great times of need.

“We welcome the decision to increase the vital resource.”

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the additional paramedics will improve the ambulance service’s ability to respond quickly to accidents and health emergencies in the Wide Bay-Burnett and Fraser Coast region.
“Their role is diverse and includes responding to local emergency cases, supporting and training other paramedics, as well as working with the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter based at Bundaberg Airport,” Mr Springborg said.

“Their work in conjunction with CareFlight is critically important to rural and remote communities throughout the region.”