Make a lifesaving impact in Loch Sport

Loch Sport Ambulance Community Officers Cynthia Mijares, Christel Dirksen, Jenny Cataldo, David Smith, Alan Moon and Pauline Murcott would love to see more people join the team. Photo: Contributed

AMBULANCE Victoria (AV) is looking for more recruits to join the Ambulance Community Officer (ACO) team and Ambulance Auxiliary in Loch Sport.

ACOs are First Responders employed on a casual basis to work “on call” in rural and remote areas where the ambulance caseload is low and the branch is not staffed by multiple paramedics on a full-time basis.

They are trained to provide advanced first aid, to support paramedics and can transport patients to hospital.

First Responders are dispatched at the same time as paramedics but, due to their location, often arrive first.

AV Loch Sport ACO Team Leader Christel Dirksen said ACOs play a vital role in community healthcare.

“Our ACOs help save lives across rural and remote Victoria through early interventions in medical emergencies,” Ms Dirksen said.

“As an ACO, you will help people in the local community at a time of great need and can make a difference to their life and health outcomes.”

Currently, about 650 ACOs provide services at about 80 designated Victorian branches.

Applicants must be aged over 18 and available for a minimum of 20 hours per month, with no prior medical experience required as regular training is provided.

Loch Sport Ambulance Auxiliary is also seeking new members, hosting meetings every second week at the local ambulance branch.

Ambulance Victoria Auxiliaries function as a result of volunteers who have maintained their commitment and support since the establishment of the organisation’s first Auxiliary in 1918.

They play an integral role in providing their community with equipment and education above the usual budget processes, in addition to raising community awareness of Ambulance Victoria and its operations.

Find the ACO application form and other details at ambulance.vic.gov.au/careers/become-a-first-responder

For more information about becoming an ACO in Loch Sport visit lochsport.teamleader@ambulance.vic.gov.au

For more information on how to become a Loch Sport Ambulance Auxiliary volunteer, email Secretary Helen Boon at helen.boon22@outlook.com