Jamie Samson is currently the Captain of the DFES Volunteer Fire & Rescue Brigade in Paraburdoo, whilst also working in the mining industry as an Emergency Services Supervisor. He started in the emergency response field in 2012, in the Pilbara in Western Australia at the Pannawonica Volunteer Fire & Rescue Brigade. In a short period, he proved himself time and time again as a dedicated and compassionate fire fighter.
He was volunteering at the same time with the local medical post as an ambulance attendant in the town. To further his medical understanding and ability to help others in his small rural community, he continued his development and after a number of hours and training blocks he eventually completed his Diploma in Paramedical Science.
Jamie’s recent work has been focused on the current gaps in the procedures and attitudes of the use and maintenance of Fire Fighting PPE. This has eventually led to why he is here today, to talk about the long-term health risks to fire fighters, the culture change required and what we can do to reduce the risk.