EQUIPPING AUSTRALIAN FIREFIGHTERS WITH EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE SKILLS
5 Oct 2018
Australia has some of the most advanced emergency medical response practices and procedures, which are recognised globally. However, there is a need for continual improvement, with increased training and mental health protection for career and volunteer firefighters an important step forward.
Andrew Emery, a Hobart local and Station Officer at the Tasmania Fire Service, has received a Churchill Fellowship because of his motivation to learn international practical methods and ideas to further improve first aid education and training of firefighters here in Australia. He will also research welfare systems for firefighters who respond to these types of incidents in order to protect their mental health.
Andrew will travel to London, Dublin, the USA and Canada to meet with firefighters and understand their level of medical training, equipment and response arrangements. He will also study international welfare systems in place to protect firefighters from trauma that comes with the job.
Andrew has always had a passion for helping people in their time of need. His position in the Tasmania Fire Service gives him immeasurable job satisfaction by getting to help people every day.
“Through the Fellowship, I hope to observe differences in the way various international fire agencies operate and respond to first aid related incidents,” Andrew said.
“Each of the service delivery models in each of the countries I am travelling to were adopted by respective fire departments based on the uniqueness of their available resources, risk, demographic, geographic and the demand for such a service.
“When I return to Australia, I intend to educate firefighters and managers of fire services about international first aid best practice. I will remind them that the most dangerous phrase that can be used is “we’ve always done it this way”.
“This is a terrific opportunity for Andrew to bring back to Australia valuable medical knowledge, and build a professional network to disseminate best practice to fire agencies across Australia,” said Adam Davey, CEO of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
“The Churchill Fellowship is a celebration of expertise, innovation, expanding knowledge and creating new and better ways of addressing issues that matter in Australia. We look forward to seeing what Andrew is able to achieve as a result of his Fellowship experience.”