Student feels right at home

Emerald paramedics Brian Hurren and Kiani Cleveland.
Emerald paramedics Brian Hurren and Kiani Cleveland.

MEET Kiani Cleveland, the new face at the Emerald ambulance station.

Kiani has been in Emerald working as a student paramedic for only a month and already says she feels right at home.

"It's like a little family here," she said of her workplace. "It's more laid back and everyone is so nice here."

This week is Ambulance Week, held annually on the anniversary of the first civil ambulance service in Queensland, and is an opportunity to meet Queensland's ambulance officers. Kiani is studying to be a paramedic at the University of the Sunshine Coast and moved to Emerald with her partner.

"I've been doing (my job) through my uni degree and it's two months until my final," she said. "I've been here just over a month and if I pass everything I'm going to stay."

Kiani said she can still remember her first job in Emerald.

"I was nervous heading out on my first job, it was chest pain," she said. "I felt prepared after my three years at uni."

On the list of things Kiani is hoping to experience while in the Central Highlands is delivering a baby.

"I've experienced some things here I hadn't seen down the Sunshine Coast," she said. "Here in Emerald it's quieter but more serious jobs.

"I feel as though I've jumped a hurdle in learning seeing some of the things I've seen here."

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