MINISTER for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles has praised the work of Queensland Ambulance Service and the Australian Defence Force during Townsville’s 1-in-500-year flooding crisis.
Mr Miles and acting assistant commissioner Amanda Harper yesterday presented Captain Craig Smith of the 1st Close Health Battalion with a plaque of appreciation.
“Many of the evacuations that took place would not have been possible without the ADF,” Mr Miles said.
“Townsville is fortunate to have such an ADF presence … the partnership between QAS and the ADF is well practised and they can deploy very quickly.”
Mr Miles said communication was excellent and all ambulance services were fully operational throughout the disaster.
Mr Miles also took the time to thank paramedics who came in to work, did every shift and even extra time while their own homes were inundated.
Advanced Care Paramedic Michael Craig Fisher, 38, who was forced to evacuate from his Idalia home, came straight in to work once his family was dry and safe.
“I was born and raised in Townsville; I wanted to help out my community,” Mr Fisher said.
Advanced Care Paramedic Greg Pride, 36, who lived just north of Townsville, also came to work while his own home was inundated.
“There was definitely an increased workload and we also had to man recovery centres for displaced people,” Mr Pride said.