Family tragedy inspires Danielle's paramedic career
THE night her sister was killed by a drunk driver Danielle Almond decided to become a paramedic.
More than a decade later, Danielle now saves lives with the crew at the Warwick Ambulance station.
She will turn up to work each day with her pager in hand and no idea of what the day might bring.
"You never know what's going to happen; no day is ever the same," she said.
"Sometimes you come in, get sent out on a job and don't get back to the station until the end of your shift.
"But that's something we love about the job, not knowing what you're going to be doing that day."
Danielle went through the student program when she was 29 years old and trained for three years to become a paramedic.
From car accidents to births, the dedicated paramedic has seen a lot in her 14-year career.
"A lot of the decisions we make are the difference between life and death," she said.
The paramedic said the job had its difficulties but she noted the importance of having a stress relief.
"You have to have an out," she said.
"I have horses and take them out to the paddock for a ride and to release tension.
"At the end of the day, work colleagues are your biggest support group."
Queensland Ambulance Service also provides peer support programs to help deal with traumatic jobs.
Danielle considered her self lucky to have a supportive family.
Her husband is an auxiliary firefighter and will often provide a shoulder to lean on at the end of a tough day.
Despite the challenging times, Danielle said she had no regrets and had thoroughly enjoyed her career choice.
"If you're thinking of joining the paramedics, go for it," she said.
"It's a very rewarding career."
Danielle was just one of the thousands of paramedics who were honoured last week to mark Ambulance Week.
To celebrate the week, Warwick Ambulance station held an open day to give the community an insight into their everyday lives.
Residents were given a quick introduction to CPR, a run down on the day to day operation of the station and a look inside the ambulances on site.
"People love to see the ambulances with the lights and sirens on," she said.
"And kids like to turn on the heart monitor and watch their heart beat."