Limestone Coast ambulance volunteers needed

SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) is looking for Limestone Coast local ambulance volunteers in Robe and Penola.

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

Robe volunteer Gary Thomas explained that he joined SAAS over 20 years ago after meeting the local ambulance crew.

"The group I met back in 1970 were an incredible group of people," Mr Thomas said. "Hearing then about the way they managed emergency situations left me with a lifetime of respect for what they do.

"It's so important to have a well rostered ambulance service available to the Limestone Coast community in times of emergency.

"If you want to be a part of something that is both rewarding for yourself and the community, then we'd love you to get involved."

SAAS has introduced a range of programs that aim to make volunteering easier, ensuring that one can fit ambulance volunteering in with their lifestyle, setting the pace of training to suit one's lifestyle.

A volunteer could be driving an ambulance, supporting an ambulance officer in seven training days.

Mr Thomas, who is self-employed full-time, said the ambulance rosters are flexible in working around his other commitments and any amount of time volunteering for SAAS is always welcome.

Regional team leader Bryan Petersen said his focus on recruiting in the Limestone Coast was to find locals from the area to join the Robe and Penola teams.

"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," Mr Peterson said. "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."