[singlepic id=237 w=320 h=240 float=left]Three new Advanced Care Paramedics will take up positions across the Far North Region in coming weeks after graduating from the Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy (QCESA) in Brisbane.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the graduates would be based in Cairns, Edmonton and Smithfield.

“The recent graduation ceremony not only marked the advancement of these graduates’ careers, it also represented a valuable boost to our local ambulance service,” Mr Pitt said.

“These three fully qualified and experienced Advanced Care Paramedics will ensure the Queensland Ambulance Service can continue to build on the high level of service it provides to our community.”

The 30-month Diploma of Paramedic Science (Ambulance) course completed by the graduates is one of only a few courses across Australia to produce work-ready Advanced Care Paramedics.

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the graduates were among a group of 30 who graduated at a special ceremony held at the Kedron Emergency Services Complex.

“11 of today’s graduates will be based in Brisbane, 9 will be posted the South Eastern region, 3 to the Northern region, 4 to the Far Northern region, and 3 to the North Coast region,” Mr Roberts said.

“These new Paramedics are part of the 75 additional ambulance officers to be funded this financial year.

“This Government is committed to ensuring the people of Queensland receive the highest level of ambulance care available, and these graduates will help us to deliver on that commitment.”

QAS Commissioner David Melville congratulated the new Advanced Care Paramedics on their career advancement.

“These graduates should be extremely proud of having attained this level of training, which will allow them to become the next generation of QAS paramedics to serve communities in their time of need,” Commissioner Melville said.

“Each of these Advanced Care Paramedics has already experienced life on the frontline, having worked in regions across the State throughout the course.

“This qualification means that our graduates can continue to make a real difference to the lives of Queenslanders by contributing to their health, safety and wellbeing.”

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