Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ambulance Tasmania's Newest Recruits

Well, it's February 2010 and Ambulance Tasmania has just recently hired its LAST batch of student paramedics (they were advertised in June 2009). See this post for the difference between a "student paramedic" and a "graduate paramedic".

From next year they will only be hiring qualified officers or graduate students (those who have already completed a degree). No more being hired without any qualifications and being trained on the job (whilst being paid) over 3 years. This will make becoming a paramedic in Tasmania as a mature aged person very difficult.

Anyway, seventeen (17) new students commenced in the middle of February and are completing an induction period in Hobart which includes basic BLS skills and their initial driver training amongst other things, then the 5 coming to my station start here on the 15th of March with a weeks induction to the region and then they will spend a week riding on the ambulances as thirds. Then it's out on the road with a mentor.

Til then, be safe.


Nanto's Blogs said...

Up here in Vic they are planning on taking 240 new "graduate" paramedics this year. Where they are all going I don't know, do we have enough instructors, no. Interesting times.

Tazambo said...

That's a lot of students.

AV also advertises and interviews before AT, so you guys get the pick of the grads. Some that apply here, do after AV has knocked them back.

Tas Uni has started a degree course so we can get Tassie born and bred uni grads.

As we have been increasing our staffing, we also have more students than we have available lines on the roster, so that creates problems.

When 1 new ambulance means a 50% increase in capacity in your area, it's a big increase.

TAZ THE AMBO said...

Interesting, Does that mean as a qualified Officer in NSW with four years experience at that rank I might get a look in with AT?

Also interesting Tas Uni have started a campus right next door to ASNSW Education. The only Uni to do so in the city where the largest recruitment of officers is done in all of Aus, 300 - 400+.

Interesting times indeed.