BE ALERT: Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Stephen Johns urges drivers to be aware of the Fatal Five.
BE ALERT: Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Stephen Johns urges drivers to be aware of the Fatal Five. Bev Lacey

Fatal Five message continues to be key on roads

WHEN the Queensland Ambulance Service is on the scene of a traffic incident, the service is required to make a number of decisions regarding co-ordination, response times and transport with the patients' wellbeing always a priority.

In the South Burnett region, Darling Downs senior operations supervisor Stephen Jones is one of the men making the critical decisions.

Having served with the Queensland Ambulance for 35 years, Mr Jones knows first-hand what it's like to be one of the first people on the scene of a life-threatening incident.

His time in the service has included a stint early in his career at Yarraman and working as the officer in charge at Proston, which involved acting as OIC in Murgon and Kingaroy when needed.

While the models of cars and the road surfaces have changed since Mr Jones started with the QAS in the 1980s, he said the Fatal Five of drink driving and drug driving, fatigue, inattention, seatbelt misuse and speeding continue to be a factor on the road.

"I think the message that we are trying to get out is the same,” he said.

"We want people to get home from their journeys and if they take time to consider the Fatal Five and what they are doing, everyone will get home safely.”

Mr Jones said what he has seen working for the service has made him a more alert driver and he hopes others take as much care when on the road in 2019.

"It does affect people. It certainly gives us a lot more awareness of our surroundings and what is around us and I think it is important for the public to do the same,” he said.

Every day in the region, paramedics attend road traffic incidents and work with fellow emergency responders - the Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire Emergency Services.

Mr Jones said QAS paramedics were highly trained with remarkable skills and equipment and the capability to deal with any situation, and have a robust support network providing psychological assistance after they have attended an incident.