In times of tragedy, medical emergency or life-threatening accidents, the first people on scene to help will often be our local ambos.

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today encouraged the Innisfail community to recognise the efforts of Queensland’s hardworking ambulance officers and paramedics as part of Ambulance Week (7-11 September) celebrations.

“Ambulance officers usually meet people at some of the toughest times in their lives to provide strength and support,” said Mr Pitt.

“The professionalism ambos show in often traumatic circumstances is remarkable and we can all live with the peace of knowing that they’ll be there when we need them.

“The Palaszczuk Government is absolutely committed to supporting them in their crucial role.

“From the communications staff calmly and patiently answering Triple Zero calls to the highly skilled paramedics out on the road, the patient transport officers, clinical staff and volunteers – they are the modest heroes of society, going about their vital work without expecting recognition or praise.”

Mr Pitt said Ambulance Week is a perfect time for Queenslanders of all ages to learn about the services QAS provides and how they can play an active role in making our communities safer.

“From station open days to CPR Awareness sessions and school visits, the QAS is throwing open its doors and inviting the public to come inside and take a good look around.

“QAS will be hosting a CPR awareness display at the Festival of Innisfail, Saturday 12 September, and I encourage everyone in the Innisfail community to get involved and connect with QAS staff and volunteers who are so keen to share their knowledge and passion.”

For more information about Ambulance Week events in your area, visit the local QAS Facebook and Twitter pages and check your local media.