The thought of saving a life can seem daunting without the right skills and training, but a group of young volunteers have taken up the challenge, joining the SA Ambulance Service in Flow region Coober Pedy.
Brett Kornelissen was just 17 when he decided to join SA Ambulance, starting his Cert 4 training straight away.
He joined Anita on the Regional Roundup to share his story and encourage other people right around the state to volunteer.
When asked about the balance of volunteering and other commitments, Brett told Flow FM “the balance is pretty easy really, you can volunteer as much as you like.
“You have to do 3 shifts a month and attend 2 training sessions a month to stay current, but you can go to as many as you like,” he said, highlighting the flexibility of the commitment.
Brett also explained how training is provided through the state’s Ambulance Service.
SA Ambulance is currently recruiting volunteers to cover night and weekend shifts in Coober Pedy, encouraging community members to get involved – Brett spoke of the importance of having a crew 24 available 24/7.
When asked if he would recommend the SA Ambulance volunteering experience to other people, Brett only had words of encouragement.
For more information about becoming an ambulance volunteer, contact Lee Dale on 0428 826 904, SA Ambulance Service on 1800 655 306, or email SAASvolunteer@sa.gov.au.
Image – Ambulance officers Adrian Christie, Paula Martin and Brett Kornelissen at the Coober Pedy station.