Paramedics take a stand against violence
LOCAL paramedics and their supporters rallied in front of the Bundaberg Courthouse yesterday to make a stand against violence against emergency workers.
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Childers advanced care paramedic Matthew Macann said the rally was part of a United Voice campaign called Code One and the ongoing #ZeroTolerance campaign.
"We are here to show our solidarity towards intolerance to violence," he said.
"What is occurring is down in Southport, paramedic Brad Johnson's alleged assailant is facing court and we have a member here whose alleged assailant is also facing court."
QAS paramedic Brad Johnson was assaulted in December while treating a patient at an address at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast.
The alleged four-minute assault left Mr Johnson with seven stitches to his eye and soft tissue damage to both sides of his head and his arms.
Mr Macann said the specific assault was one of many times paramedics havdbeen put in harm's way while trying to save lives and it needed to stop.
"Anything that brings this into the public eye will help. I don't think the public realise the violence and abuse and assault that we face on a day-to-day basis," he said.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett attended the event to show his support.
"I am happy to continue a strong support for local emergency workers on the front line who continue to face abuse while they are trying to save lives," he said.
"I think it is time for the community to realise that this is a problem and to also support our paramedics and emergency workers and give them the respect that they deserve."