Years as a first responder sparks passion in Warwick Ambo
JENNY Brown had to be talked into being a First Responder when people are struck down by injury or illness, but now that volunteer role has transformed into a career.
A family friend invited her to her first meeting, which led to her spending nine years on the team at Killarney delivering advanced first aid to people while paramedics were on their way.
But Mrs Brown said her interest snowballed over those many years, leading her to discover her passion and pursue a career in paramedics.
She is now the newest paramedic on the Warwick Ambulance Station team.
"I've always had a fascination for the human body and enjoyed the patient interaction,” she said.
"It sparked something in me that I found really interesting.”
Mrs Brown spent four years studying a Bachelor of Paramedic Science part-time while working at the Killarney Co-op and volunteering as a First Responder.
She also has three children, aged 26, 22 and seven.
She travelled to Rockhampton for a week once a term, but could otherwise complete all the work remotely.
"To me it had its good points, I could do it around my time,” she said.
"If I wanted to watch a lecture, I could watch it when I wanted to watch it.
"You just have to be disciplined, but I'm sure it's the same for on-campus students.”
Returning to study as a mature-age student is no mean feat, but Mrs Brown said she didn't think she could have done the degree when she was younger.
"Being a mature-age student, you know that's what you want to do without all the distractions,” she said.
"The four years just flew.”
Mrs Brown just finished her graduate year in Gatton and has now returned to the Southern Downs to fill a permanent position, where she has now been for nine weeks.
She said in paramedics, you never know what you would be faced with from one day to the next.
"You meet such a large diversity of people and you're seeing them when they're not feeling the best,” she said.
"When people are feeling that bad you can provide that reassurance for them so it's very rewarding.”