Teen saved life of elderly neighbour after nasty fall

THE modern Queensland Ambulance Service is 25 years old this year and has celebrated by throwing their doors open to the public in Proserpine.

Formally known as the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade the organisation changed its name in 1991 to the Queensland Ambulance Service.

As a combined organisation this year marks the 125th anniversary of the service.

Gavin Cousens said the milestone and the open day of the station in Proserpine's Chapman St offered the public a chance to get up close to the organisations state-of-the art equipment.

"Normally we go to people at a time of crisis and everything happens so quickly and people probably don't appreciate what we do and the equipment we use," he said.

"People can come in, in a relaxed environment and ask questions. Questions they may have about when we have picked up family members that they would be interested in finding out about."

The open day also gave a chance for the QAS to formally acknowledge a young member of the Proserpine community who was recently instrumental in saving the life of his elderly neighbour.

Jayden Hobbs checked in on the woman and found her lying in pool of blood after having a nasty fall.

"He has come in a provided support and first aid and rang his mother who rang the ambulance. He stayed with her and looked after until the ambulance arrived," Mr Cousens said.

When she was taken away to hospital, Jayden offered to look after the woman's pets and keep an eye on her house.

"For a young fella it was really good to see so we gave him a certificate of appreciation.

'That is the sort of stuff the QAS wants to embrace."

Jayden said it was nice to be recognised by the QAS and his mother Sandra Hobbs said she was "very proud".

"He did a fantastic job," she said. 

Gavin Cousens, Jayden Hobbs, Peter Lock, Heather Shields, Cristine Burrows, Rachel Harm and Jodie Nicholas at the QAS open day in Proserpine this morning.
Gavin Cousens, Jayden Hobbs, Peter Lock, Heather Shields, Cristine Burrows, Rachel Harm and Jodie Nicholas at the QAS open day in Proserpine this morning. Peter Carruthers

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