St John Ambulance Hedland sub-centre has a new station manager and is in need of more volunteers to boost its services.
Phil Stanaitis, who has been with St John since 2002, recently finished a master’s degree in community paramedicine.
After spending last year workingat Hedland, Broome and Wyndham ambulance sub-centres, Mr Stanaitis jumped at the chance of taking up the role of station manager in Hedland at the start of this year.
He said the challenge of working in such a remote and difficult area was one of the reasons he had applied for the role.
“The types of jobs, communication, the area you’re in, being so isolated from help, the distances to cover … it’s difficult, but I wanted to give it a shot,” he said.
Mr Stanaitis said while there was no easy answer to problems caused by the distance between the South Hedland station and jobs in Port Hedland, response times were still near that of the metropolitan area and he hoped to boost volunteer numbers to improve the ambulance service.
“As much as we’d like to have a depot in Port, we just don’t have the volunteer numbers to pull it off,” he said.
“Realistically, we can’t have an ambulance on every street corner … but we’re going to work really hard to increase volunteer numbers that we need to function really well.”