The number's up: new paramedic, new priorities
TRACEY Britton is new to town.
So new, in fact, she hasn't even secured a house yet.
The officer-in-charge of Mundubbera ambulance also, for the moment, lives at the station.
She's looking forward to new digs so she can be reunited with her "wonder dog”, Tammy the chihuahua.
Ms Britton has been a paramedic for 13 years and spent the last three of them as the officer in charge of Tara station on the Darling Downs.
However, her partner lives in Gin Gin, working for the council, and she was having to drive five hours at the start and end of her rotations.
"I've only been here a couple of days,” Ms Britton said.
"People seem friendly and welcoming.
"The town has a good feel.”
Ms Britton wants to include the community in the work of paramedics.
One low-hanging fruit she is eyeing off is providing CPR awareness training.
This wouldn't necessarily have to be at the station.
Ms Britton would be happy to organise visits out to community groups, schools and kindergartens.
She says if you start learning CPR at a young age, by the time you are an adult it will be second nature.
Ms Britton says being a rural paramedic has different challenges to her urban counterparts.
"You're on your own for a considerable amount of time,” she said.
"You have to deal not only with patients, but also traumatised bystanders and family, and traffic management.
"You get good at multitasking.”
Ms Britton said there was one thing residents of North Burnett could do that could possibly save their lives.
That is to ensure their houses are numbered properly, whether that is on a letterbox, in the gutter or on the house.
"We can find you faster if your rural road numbering is well positioned,” she said.
"You don't want to be difficult to find in an emergency.”