SA Ambulance Service callout for volunteers

Ambo: SAAS Limestone Coast volunteer Nerridy Miatke.
Ambo: SAAS Limestone Coast volunteer Nerridy Miatke.

SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) is calling on Lower South East locals to take the step and find out more about becoming an ambulance volunteer in Penola.

The call comes as the ambulance service launches its latest recruitment campaign in the region, 'Live your life while saving others', which demonstrates how easy it is to sign up, train and balance life with volunteer hours.

Limestone Coast volunteer, Nerridy Miatke said she joined SAAS over a year ago because she wanted to make a difference and fulfill a lifelong dream.

"I had always wanted to be a nurse but I never pursued it," she said. "Volunteering with SAAS has provided me with a way to do what I'm passionate about.

"It's so important to have these services available to the community in times of emergency. If you love helping others and want to do something rewarding for both yourself and the community, it's a great way to start."

SAAS has introduced a range of programs to make volunteering easier.

You can fit ambulance volunteering in with your lifestyle and you can set the pace of your training to suit you. In fact you could be driving an ambulance, supporting an ambulance officer in just seven training days.

"I love learning new skills and stepping out of my comfort zone," Nerridy said. "I have been a first aider for 20 years but SAAS has given me the confidence to become confident within myself to help others."

Nerridy, who also works for a local transport company and has served other volunteer organisations, says the ambulance rosters are very flexible in working around her other commitments and any amount of time volunteering for SAAS is always very welcome.

Regional team leader Joe Renko said his focus on recruiting in the Lower South East was to find locals from the area to join the Penola team.

He said: "We are looking for locals to put their hand up to support their community and volunteer to help provide a sustainable service to their area.

"Volunteers can respond from their homes or workplaces. We have volunteers that work full-time jobs and we work with employers to understand and facilitate that.

"It's that kind of flexibility that helps make sure rosters are covered. Any hours that you can offer are welcomed!"