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Tag Archives: ambulances

Brendan still stamping his feet over defibrillators

By 17 October 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is scenting blood over how dodgy defibrillators came to be fitted in the ACT’s ambulances:
Millions of dollars of public funds have been allowed to be spent on cardiac monitors with alleged faults, including, batteries which lost power, monitor leads which couldn’t be cleaned and required disposal after use, faulty blood pressure [...]

Dodgy defibrillators in ACT Ambulances

By 16 October 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is stamping his feet and releasing quite alarming clinical notices on the ACT’s new defibrillators not playing the way they’re supposed to:
The Canberra Liberals are calling for answers from Simon Corbell after at least two Clinical Safety Notices, and one Clinical Safety Alert were issued following problems with lifesaving defibrillators rolled [...]

New ambulances

By 22 August 2013

Simon Corbell has announced four new meatwagons hitting the ACT’s roads:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today handed over the keys to four new ambulance vehicles for the ACT Ambulance Service, worth a total of $1 million.
“Funded in the 2012/13 budget at $250,000 each, two of the vehicles will support the increase in [...]

Bedhead through the stomach in Reid

By 30 December 2012

A man is being rushed to hospital this morning after becoming impaled on a piece of furniture inside his home at Reid.
The ACT Ambulance Service was called to the Allambie Street property just after 9 o’clock.
Intensive care paramedics arrived a short time later to find the 60 year old impaled on a an ornamental bed [...]

Simon and the dummies

By 20 August 2012

Readers will no doubt be thrilled to hear that Simon Corbell, with his emergency services hat on, has been out bestowing improved training tools on the ambos:
Highly sophisticated mannequins that can simulate real-life health complications are now at the fingertips of ACT student paramedics to help prepare them for frontline emergencies, Minister for Police and [...]

Five new ambulances

By 28 May 2012

Simon Corbell gets to play with all the cool toys.
Today he’s been taking delivery of five new ambulances.
Mr Corbell said the new ambulances will help bolster existing ACTAS fleet and ensure our frontline services continue to be well prepared for emergency patient care right around the clock.
The new vehicles represent the most modern technology and [...]

Brendan not impressed with ESA plans

By 3 November 2011

Following on from yesterday’s announcement of new fire and ambulance stations the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth has expressed some disappointment in the scope of the plans:
“In keeping with the debacle that was the delivery of the GDE, the Busway to Belconnen, the new ESA headquarters and the Alexander Maconochie Centre, Mr Corbell has continued his poor [...]

Moving the ambulance and fire stations

By 2 November 2011

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Simon Corbell has announced changes to the locations of fire and ambulance stations around Canberra:
“This strategy has been developed in close consultation with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) who represent intensive care paramedics, and the United Firefighters Union (UFU) who advocate for ACT Fire Brigade officers to ensure the needs of frontline [...]

New paramedics to come from interstate

By 29 June 2011

The ACT Ambulance Services has recently advertised for new ambulance paramedics, but is restricting the recruitment to those who have already graduated with degrees in paramedics. This is an interesting move, given that there are actually no universities in Canberra that currently teach paramedics. This means that only those people who are currently studying at, [...]

New ambulances

By 27 June 2011

Simon Corbell has handed over the keys to three new intensive care ambulances.
“It is great to see another group of new vehicles commissioned for service in the ACT community that include state-of-the-art equipment hit the ACT’s roads,” Mr Corbell said.
“These intensive care vehicles will ensure that our front line ambulance professionals continue to have access [...]

No call triangulation for emergency services?

By 1 February 2011

The ABC has a tragic piece on the dying minutes of Cameron Anderson who twice called for an ambulance but was unable to speak, and so they were unable to help him.
Today the court heard a triple-0 call that Mr Anderson made, in which he was unable to speak and was struggling to breathe.
Emergency services [...]

Becoming a paramedic?

By 12 October 2010

I have been contemplating becoming a paramedic for some time now.
I would be keen to hear from current, student, former, or other aspiring paramedics out there, about being a paramedic in the ACT, or elsewhere.
I am particularly interested in people’s views about the pathways into the paramedic profession. Is it better, for example, to complete [...]

Industrial paramedic?

By 21 October 2009

Recently – well for the last couple of months – I have noticed an unusual ambulance driving around Canberra and at the recent Floriade.
It is marked as an “Industrial Paramedic” on the sides, and as an “ambulance” on the front. It is not an ACT Ambulance Service vehicle, nor that of another state’s ambulance [...]

ACT Ambulance given to St John Ambulance

By 6 August 2009

Yesterday, Simon Corbell’s office sent out a press release informing the community that the ACT Ambulance Service had given a used ambulance to St John Ambulance (ACT). I haven’t seen the story picked up anywhere, and I guess it got swamped by the bigger story of the new fire trucks being handed over to the [...]

Gregor Manson walks out the door

By 24 July 2009

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, just two days ago announced he was “further strengthening” governance at the Emergency Services Authority.
This morning it’s man overboard as the Emergency Services Commissioner, Gregor Manson, resigned last night.
Simon is thanking Gregor for his efforts over the last three years.
UPDATED: The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is [...]

ESA Governance to be “further strengthened”

By 22 July 2009

One thing a visitor quickly notices in the authorised media of countries under dictatorships is that problems in the Government are only ever reported in terms of their solutions.
Something very similar appears in the media releases of the Stanhope Government.
Today Simon Corbell announces that he’s moving to “further strengthen” the governance of the Emergency Services [...]

Cooked out of his skull…

By 20 July 2009

Ironically, I was walking my dogs down to Cook shops to buy a couple of beers. (5.30 pm Sunday 19/7)
On the grass by the old Cook Primary School, I came across a geezer face down on the grass. Got into rescue mode and started doing the business. (I trained in mountain rescue, and still keep [...]

Ambulance Service Must Try Harder

By 18 June 2009

The Auditor-General, Mrs Phu Tam, has cast her merciless eye across the ACT Ambulance Service and found much lacking:
ACTAS has delivered a complex range of services against growing demand and limited capacity. There was significant scope for improvement in various aspects of ACTAS’ operation
Issues include:
– Response times to emergency incidents have worsened in recent years [...]

Emergency Services Wrap – 13 May

By 13 May 2009

1. Bonython CPR rescue:
The ACT Ambulance Service today commended the quick actions of a Bonython woman and issued a public reminder about the importance of learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) following a near death experience for a Canberra grandmother.
“The evidence is overwhelming about how performing CPR on a person who is suffering cardiac arrest as [...]

TWU wants more de-briefs for ambos.

By 20 April 2009

The Canberra Times has a bare stub on concerns raised by the Transport Workers Union that their ambulance officering members aren’t getting de-briefed after stressful jobs.
Union ACT official Ben Sweaney said they were receiving increasing numbers of stress-related complaints from officers, many feeling they were not given adequate support after attending distressing call-outs.
Something they [...]

St John Ambulance in the ACT?

By 2 February 2009

Connected to the thread about the demise of the Children’s Bicycle Education Centre, is a question I have about St John Ambulance in the ACT.
The Belconnen division of St John Ambulance used to meet and train at the said bike ed centre in Belconnen; presumably they have now made other arrangements, or has the [...]

Where do our paramedics study?

By 22 July 2008

While ambulances and paramedics are in the news at the moment, does anyone know where the ACT’s paramedics study?
I mean, we know the AFP has its police college in Barton, and the ACT Fire Brigade has its college in Belconnen, but where do paramedics become paramedics in the ACT?
Interstate there are something like 8 universities [...]

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