TWO years into a business degree Kade Bonney decided a career in marketing and finance was not for him.
His mother had been a paramedic in his home town of Burnie in northwestern Tasmania and Kade was drawn to the idea of a career in the medical profession.
“So I moved to Sydney in October 2011 to start on-the-job training,” Gloucester’s newest paramedic said.
A country lad at heart, Kade found the transition from regional Tasmania to the hustle and bustle of Sydney eye-opening.
“It was pretty full on and a bit of a shock,” he said. “I was in Sydney for 12 months.”
Gloucester was a change of pace, according to Kade.
“It’s certainly quieter here,” he said. “But being in a remote area probably means there’s a little more pressure. You might be the only crew on scene for up to an hour, where as in the city there might be three other crews 10 minutes away.
“But living here is great, in fact it reminds me a little of home. People keep saying to me it must be a shock going to Gloucester, but I think it was more of a shock going to Sydney.”
Kade is still 18 months out from completing his training, but will remain in Gloucester for a minimum of six months.
“It’s good going to work not knowing what you’ll be doing each day,” he said. “I love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”