Our history and ideology
A Bit About Me...
I'm Russell Brodie, the founder and Head Trainer at Help 4 Life first aid & I am passionate about helping people realise their abilities.
I joined the Queensland Ambulance with a driving desire to help people in some sort of exciting way, so how better than as an Ambulance Officer? Over 20 years later, and here I am, still saving lives but now bringing my experiences to those ready to learn via Help 4 Life.
It all started as a child with a healthy fascination in seeing other people's grotesque traumatic injuries and more often than not, I was probably part of the cause of the accident ie dodgy BMX jumps, leaps from height, stupid dares, etc. So there may have been an element of survival in my burgeoning reassurance skills to avert blame or calm the situation before I got in big trouble...but it's fair to say I was interested in first aid from a young age.
An early encounter with CPR then later a handful of other incidents and I was feeling an interest in emergency type work. Sports, girls and the other interests that tend to distract young men came to the fore, but a short career in hospitality could not distract me from those desires so a delayed attempt at being a fireman pushed me into the direction of medical response as an ambulance officer with the Queensland Ambulance Service.
I continue to work as a Paramedic with the QAS and now want to dedicate myself to sharing the skills and info I've acquired as a Paramedic to interested corporate and community groups, schools and care centres, people of all ages. Whether it be facilitating future paramedic education, running a bowls club through CPR scenarios and their newly purchased defibrillator, or just chatting to a bunch of wide-eyed teens at school, I enjoy empowering others to make a positive impact in an emergency, and potentially make a bad situation better.
As an active father of three over-active kids, I've shown them a few basic first aid principles over the years and was surprised to find they had retained a fair bit of it. It was at about this time I was witnessing the emerging evil and stupidity that I'd first started to see in my teen years, then more in my job and on the nightly news... and it concerned me greatly. Young men were falling victim to cruel, apathetic peers with a goal of inflicting injury on others for their own entertainment and no sense of repercussion. It got me worrying about my kid's futures. So I started to think about possible ways to bring some change to the mindsets of today's young people. By bringing my life and work experiences to others, Help 4 Life hopes to help them improve their future and those they share the planet with. So I dare to dream...
It is possible that specific training in focused areas can:
1) Improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest statistics
2) Reduce youth trauma such as 'One Punch' attacks and in turn,
3) Decrease Emergency Department presentations...
But wait - there's more!
All of these amazing benefits come with an understanding and ownership of personal safety and moral responsibility that lay better foundations for future generations.
This is my dream.
Effective CPR and First Aid training
can save lives
Help 4 Life's Beginnings
This concept was born out of the complaints and perception by many I've spoken to believe many people who had first aid training were still unable to put their skills into practice when called upon. Whether this was due to inexperienced trainers, poor delivery methods, or just a lack of interest from all involved I'm unsure, but these negative views of first aid training made me focus on better options for providing CPR and first aid training within homes, schools, community and corporate environments, etc. Not to just rush through workbooks so we can get out the door early, you with certificate in trembling hand... Rather than that, a valuable shared experience where every participant walks away feeling more confident in their role and the prospect of being exposed to an emergency.
As a front line emergency service worker, I witness a variety of issues and shortcomings that could be improved with a culture shift and an investment by the community/powers to push for improvements in this sort of learning.
Now more than 20 years after first putting on the uniform, I can no longer resist the need to share my roles between the pre-hospital care setting and community education, in a bid to make people more aware of the differences they can make to the health of others and themselves... To promote respect towards your fellow citizen. To learn to maintain a caring eye out in times of need, and to advocate for somebody's well-being.
It's good to dream.