Repay the favour and thank a paramedic
PARAMEDICS sure earn the praise of the community on a daily basis, yet today offers that chance to recognise the extraordinary work they do.
Thank a Paramedic Day will be marked across New South Wales.
NSW Ambulance Service Commissioner Ray Creen said the state's paramedics consistently deliver excellent clinical care with integrity and compassion, despite facing the challenge of trauma and tragedy on the frontline every day.
"The emergency care and support provided by NSW Ambulance paramedics in difficult and stressful situations often leaves a lasting impression on our patients and their families" Mr Creen said.
"Thank a Paramedic Day is an opportunity for the community to show their appreciation by saying 'Thank You' to paramedics and all NSW Ambulance staff for the selfless and life saving work they perform each day."
NSW Ambulance responds to more than 1,133,000 emergency and non-emergency calls each year - that's the equivalent of a call for assistance every 26 seconds.
Mr Creen said paramedics seek a career with NSW Ambulance to serve the community and to make a difference to people's lives.
"It's not a job for everyone but that's what makes paramedics such a special and valuable asset to our society" Mr Creen said.
"If you pass a paramedic in the street today, I encourage you to take the time to stop and say two simple words - 'thank you.'"
NSW Ambulance employs more than 4,000 people, 90% being operational staff involved in the front line delivery of services.