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Celebrating International Paramedics Day


This Friday 8 July marks the inaugural International Paramedics Day, which celebrates the work undertaken by paramedics and first responders around the world.

The global community of emergency service workers provide all levels of care and protection to us, and often when we need it most. It’s often assumed that working as a firefighter, a nurse, a paramedic or being a member of the police force requires unusual working hours and conditions on any given day, but it’s also easy to forget that the ongoing events of the pandemic were felt by those on the front lines too. 

In Australia, there are a medley of systems in place designed to specifically support emergency service workers. Members of the police force, firefighters, paramedics and nurses can access a wide range of specialty discounts on a range of items such as insurance, hotels, superannuation and even parking. However, there is one more specialised occasion to add to such a collection, thanks to the launch of International Paramedics Day. 

What International Paramedics Day Is All About 

By definition, paramedics are people trained to give emergency medical care to those who are injured or ill, typically in a setting outside of a hospital. It’s for this reason that they’re also referred to as first responders. 

Paramedics and ambulance services ultimately aim to promote health and reduce the adverse effects of emergency events on the community. Government involvement in ambulance services is aimed at providing emergency medical care, pre-hospital and out-of-hospital care, and transport services that are accessible and timely, meet patients’ needs through delivery of appropriate health care, while still being sustainable for both patients and paramedics. 

Like many other essential workers, the work done by paramedics has been highlighted thanks to the unfolding pandemic. All healthcare workers have gone above and beyond to navigate these unchartered waters, with paramedics often being first on the scene in the event of a medical emergency. 

Paramedics have put the wellbeing and interests of others first, working tirelessly in the most challenging of circumstances and often at great risk to themselves. On the back of recent global events that have highlighted their services, International Paramedics Day has been launched to commemorate and celebrate the work that paramedics do on a daily basis to serve their local communities. 

While Friday 8 July marks the inaugural International Paramedics Day, it’s no coincidence that this date is also the anniversary of the birth of Dominique-Jean Larrey – the man often referred to as the ‘father of modern-day ambulance services’.

International Paramedics Day has been created, organised and run by the College of Paramedics in the United Kingdom. With support from professional paramedics’ organisations from around the world, Friday 8 July was chosen to acknowledge the rich and deep history of first responders and ambulance services.

As of December 2021, there are approximately 300,000 people working as police officers, paramedics, firefighters or nurses in Australia, with 22,500 alone being paramedics. While those numbers are certainly quite significant, the emergency services community is actually much bigger when we consider personnel that are either in training or have retired, plus their families too. 

As such, it should come as no surprise that there are a wide range of specialised services available to members of the emergency services sector. From health funds, superannuation and even access to finance, it makes sense for members of this community to partner with people that speak their language. 

For those on the hunt for a home loan, it’s worth noting that lending criteria for emergency service workers does of course vary from bank to bank. In addition, a bank is only able to offer you their own in-house range of loan products, which may not be suitable or the best choice for your own individual set of circumstances. 

It’s for this reason that using a mortgage broker that specialises in serving the emergency services sector such as Cherry Lending & Finance can be a game changer, as you’re in the position to access a wide variety of loans before selecting the one that fits your property vision best.

Your Guide To Finance As An Emergency Services Worker 

With a background in banking, finance, business development and project management, there’s no better advocate to have on your team than Nikki Berzin. As a fully qualified mortgage broker and director of Cherry Lending & Finance, Nikki is passionate about all things finance, and empowering her clients with the tools to hit their property goals is what she does best.

If you’re looking to get into your first home, purchase an investment property or even want to look at your options for refinancing, the first step is starting the conversation. Get in touch with Nikki today, or call her directly on 0427 374 155 to bring your mortgage dreams to life.

Disclaimer: Your full financial needs and requirements need to be assessed prior to any offer or acceptance of a loan product.  Subject to lenders terms and conditions, fees and charges and eligibility apply.

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