Trainee paramedics hit the road

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ON THE JOB: Trainee paramedic David Truscott has joined the crew at Cessnock Ambulance Station.Forty-five fresh-faced and enthusiastic trainee ambulance paramedics have hit the road around NSW, including one in Cessnock, following an eight-week intensive training program.

The trainees attended and passed their course at the NSW Ambulance Education Centre (AEC), and will now undertake three years of on-the-job training and study a Diploma of Paramedical Science by distance education.

The group was trained in human anatomy and physiology, patient assessment, medical emergencies and treatment, trauma management, maternity, basic and advanced life support techniques and equipment, scene management and coping with stressful situations.

“Our experienced paramedics educators here at the Ambulance Education Centre have given them a fantastic foundation for when they go out on road and put those skills into practice,” NSW Ambulance paramedic and director of education Alan Morrison said.

One of the trainees, David Truscott will be based in Cessnock for nine months of his training, before resuming five weeks of study at the AEC in Roselle then starting 18 months further on-road training.

He began his duties in Cessnock working day-shift on August 22 and since then Mr Truscott said he has learnt certain things that only come from real-life training.

“They can’t teach you how to talk with a patient,” he said.

He is looking forward to being a part of the real, on-the-job work and the experiences that will come with it.

“No shift will be the same, no patient will be the same and I guess I look forward to the challenge,” he said.

Mr Truscott applied to become a paramedic while studying a nursing degree at university.

“I really want to help people which is why I started a nursing degree,” he said.

“When the applications opened for this job, I jumped at the opportunity to apply and help people outside of hospital.”

Mr Truscott is also a volunteer firefighter and deputy captain of his local RFS at Cooranbong, and enjoys giving back to the community.

“A paramedic is one of those things that’s as much in the community as you can get.

Although he is not entirely sure what he wants to do once qualified, Mr Truscott is keen to absorb as much as he can during his time in Cessnock, and feels fortunate to be working in the area.

“I’m very lucky to be based in Cessnock,” he said.

“It’s a very good team.

“I just want to be the best paramedic I can be and then we’ll see from there.”

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