Smartphones for paramedics in rural black-spots

PARAMEDICS in rural and regional areas will receive high-tech smartphones to ensure they have undisrupted phone connection when responding to emergencies.

In a new trial in Bateau Bay, Batemans Bay and Dubbo, 200 vehicles have been fitted with smartphones that function more efficiently than satellite phones in many environments. They are shock-proof, waterproof and dust-resistant.

The new devices will complement existing radio communications to provide paramedics with multiple communications tools, under the revolutionary Vehicle Area Network program.

The Vehicle Area Network program brings four radio and satellite networks into one communication hub to overcome communications challenges presented by the varying terrains and topographies across NSW.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said a reliable communication channel could mean the difference between life and death for a patient.

“These smartphones are a smart investment and will ensure paramedics can respond faster and with confidence in any weather condition from any corner of the state,” Mr Hazzard said.nswambulance

Meanwhile, the NSW Police Force, together with the NSW Police Association will roll-up their sleeves to donate blood as part of a new campaign.

The Bleed4Blue campaign is a blood drive created for the policing community to give back following the stabbing of Detective Sergeant John Breda at Maroubra on Australia Day.

Launching the campaign, Acting Commissioner Dave Hudson, is challenging police across Australia to take part and see which state or territory can donate the most blood during February.

Acting Commissioner Hudson said the campaign is about supporting the entire community.

“We are already part of an annual emergency services blood challenge and we thought this would be a great way to remind people about the importance of donating blood,” Mr Hudson said.

“There’s about five litres of blood in a person’s body which equates to 10 bags of donated blood.

“While we expect some rivalry between the states, the end goal of donating blood for a much-needed service will be the biggest win.”

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Media Release: February 1, 2018