21 May, 2023
Paramedics undertake emergency training outdoors in town
Local residents that witnessed paramedics at McGrane Oval, the skatepark and around the Jack Renshaw Bridge, need not have worried that an emergency was taking place.
from across the region came to Gilgandra’s
training unit last week to undertake
Four paramedics participated in a mix
of adult and paediatric emergency situations,
such as removing a person collapsed
in the football grandstand or suffering
from a significant injury while in
NSW Ambulance clinical training
officer Troy Jones said this type of
mandatory training for paramedics is
undertaken in six-month cycles.
“As part of this training, we are out in
the field, instead of the classroom. We’ve
been creating scenarios in different areas
that each have different techniques to get
patients out and conduct emergency
After each scenario is conducted, the
trainees undergo a group debrief and
then they move on to the next challenge.
The trainees need to conduct the situation
‘as if it was real’ which includes
giving CPR, dosing of medications,
using lifesaving equipment and the eventual
extraction of patients to an ambulance.
They undertake a mix of ages in practise,
as children and adults need specific
treatments - most notably there are differences
in medicine dosages.
At these sessions, paramedics usually
attend from around the wider Dubbo
region, however occasionally they do
attract trainees from Lightning Ridge
and Broken Hill.
Mr Jones said the skatepark injury scenario is usually the most visible to local onlookers - attracting plenty of questions. He said it was important to assure the community that a real emergency had not taken place in public last week.