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Learn how to save lives

​Noosa District State High School Year 11 Social and Community Studies students engaged in an interesting, highly interactive presentation with Tewantin based Queensland Ambulance Service Assistant Officer in Charge Bradley Bischoff as a part of the students’ studies into career pathways this term.
The presentation began with two students, Daniel Banaghan and Nick Thomas assisting Mr Bischoff with a mock cardiac arrest on a realistic, life sized mannequin.
A defibrillator and manual CPR were utilised to resuscitate the mannequin, under the instruction of Mr Bischoff.
The importance of learning basic CPR was the main message of Mr Bischoff’s presentation, and the skills required were demonstrated and taught explicitly, with students performing mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions on mini resuscitation dummies.“You never know who you might need to save. I had to revive my own father,” Mr Bischoff said.
Mr Bischoff explained that his day-to-day job was very different to most people’s perceptions, with each day bringing a variety of challenges from palliative care, drug and alcohol affected persons, car accidents and to managing his staff at Tewantin.
The students enjoyed their tour of Mr Bischoff’s ambulance truck, especially after he met their requests of sounding the siren and flashing the lights.
Paramedic work was showcased in a hands-on way, with important life lessons and skills made available to the Year 11 Social and Community Studies students.