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CareFlight Paramedic awarded for lifesaving efforts

RACQ CareFlight Rescue Senior Flight Paramedic Brad Solomon spends his days saving the lives of others.

The hard working Paramedic has been acknowledged for his lifesaving efforts in pre-hospital care with a Rotary ‘Pride of Workmanship’ Award.

The Rotary Club of Brisbane Airport President, Phil Presgrave, presented the award to Brad at a special Club CareFlight event this morning.

CareFlight Fundraising Manager Leanne Angel said the helicopter rescue service is delighted that one of their own had been recognised with the award.

“Brad and our rescue crews consistently go beyond the call of duty to ensure every patient receives the best emergency medical care available to them,” Leanne said.

“Dedicating your life to helping others is truly a selfless act.

“Brad deserves to be recognised for his outstanding work during his 27 years as a Paramedic.”

Brad, who has been a CareFlight Paramedic for 18 years now, said he had absolutely no idea he was receiving the award.

“The award was a complete surprise, but it is a real honour,” he said.

While being a Flight Paramedic is challenging, Brad said the variety of work and the opportunity to help people in need makes it very satisfying.

“There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’, so I have to be prepared to respond quickly to a variety of time-critical and complex emergencies,” Brad said.

“On any given day I could be winched from a helicopter down cliff faces, provide urgent medical care at the scene of serious road crashes, or monitor the vital signs of critical patients during hospital transfers.

“It’s a rewarding job, but one that is only made possible thanks to the generosity of the public and businesses who donate to the service.”

In one example of Brad’s outstanding efforts on the frontline of critical care, he worked alongside CareFlight’s Critical Care Doctor for an incredible three hours to treat and stabilise a man seriously injured after a road train and car crashed in Miles.

The impact of the horror collision had left the driver with severe injuries to his head, chest and legs.

With his condition deteriorating rapidly, Brad and the CareFlight doctor urgently intubated the patient to stabilise him.

The patient was then airlifted to a Brisbane hospital under the watchful eye of the CareFlight medical team.

In addition to saving lives every day, Brad also conducts CareFlight’s First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation training courses, and volunteers his spare time to be the Event Manager for the CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge.

The annual charity ride helps to raise funds and awareness for CareFlight’s lifesaving service.

This morning’s Club CareFlight networking breakfast, held at Aviation Australia at the Brisbane Airport, was attended by more than 110 guests.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Brad’s achievement, as well as highlight CareFlight’s lifesaving work and the importance of support from community clubs such as the Rotary Club of Brisbane Airport,” Leanne said.