Paramedic inspired by his work

Advanced care paramedic Michael Gray celebrates Ambulance Week.
Advanced care paramedic Michael Gray celebrates Ambulance Week. Mike Knott

MICHAEL Gray would not dream of doing any other job in the world.

The advanced care paramedic, who qualified just over two years ago, quickly developed a love for his job.

“It's just different every time you turn up to work,” he said.

“There was one day where I was at a cardiac arrest in the morning and then later in the afternoon I was helping deliver a baby on the side of the road. I don't know of anywhere else where you get the variety.”

Mr Gray, of Kepnock, along with other paramedics in Bundaberg, has spent the past week celebrating Ambulance Week, which recognises ambulance personnel, volunteers and Triple-0 workers.

Although Mr Gray only became fully qualified two years ago, the 35-year-old has been involved with the ambulance service since he was 16 and finishing high school in Mackay.

“I was an honorary officer and worked on a volunteer basis,” he said.

“It was more of an assistant role in grabbing things like the oxygen, helping wash the truck and things like that.”

Mr Gray said he became a volunteer after he developed a keen interest in first aid.

Despite this interest, Mr Gray instead chose a different line of work, becoming a television news cameraman working for channels 10 and 7.

After a few years' break from first aid, Mr Gray came back to work with the ambulance service as a volunteer in 2000.

Soon after, he made the decision to turn his interest into becoming a paramedic full time.

“It made sense to switch it around and do ambulance work full time and camera work on the side,” he said.

As well as the variety involved, Mr Gray has developed a love of the challenges the work presents.

“Even now I have got to keep my skill work up because they are always changing,” he said.

“And the students are coming out smarter and smarter — you have to work to keep ahead of them.”

Mr Gray is undergoing training to become part of a specialist response team in the region, which will be called out to events such as floods and bushfires, and will help in situations such as vertical rescues.

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