Belmont, Perth,

Critical care paramedic notches 10 years

St John Ambulance critical care paramedic Paul Davies recently celebrated ten years working on the RAC Rescue Helicopter – becoming the first paramedic to achieve this milestone.

Paul who lives in Gooseberry Hill, started work as a paramedic in 1994, before taking up a position as a Critical Care Paramedic on the helicopter in 2004.

Paul said the job was enormously satisfying and he had enjoyed the teamwork and camaraderie of working closely with the helicopter partners, CHC, Department Fire and Emergency Services and the RAC.

“Working on the helicopter can be very different than on road,” he said.

“There are moments of quiet downtime, plenty of routine paramedic type work and periods of adrenaline pumped high acuity cases - it has been a great ten years.

“Working in a pressure environment such as this on the rescue chopper, you really do need to have confidence in the abilities of your crew, which we do.

“This trust enables paramedics to do their jobs, and purely focus on the patient, no matter how challenging the situation may be.”

One of his more vivid memories involved a case where he had to fly 150km off the coast of Augusta in winter to retrieve a critically ill seaman.

“En-route my thoughts were who will come to get us if we have a problem? We proceeded to winch down to the ship retrieve the patient and load him into the aircraft in high seas. You think to yourself that was a good job, then the realisation sets in it is now I actually have to start the paramedic part of the job.”

Paul was awarded a plaque marking the milestone and a celebration was held with colleagues and main stakeholders recently at the Jandakot air base.

Also celebrating the 10 year milestone was CHC pilot Andy Greenall and Senior Aircrewman George Casey.