Cairns lifeguard swaps to rescue helicopter service
HE might be a guardian of the sea, but Martin Dahlstrom is much more content in the air.
The 22-year-old lifeguard has traded in the yellow and red for a new career as a rescue crew officer with the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter Rescue service.
"I've always wanted to be a crewie on the choppers since I was a young fella," Mr Dahlstrom, of Brinsmead, said.
"It's a challenging job. There's a lot of variables that change, but I also like the teamwork that's involved."
After initially getting knocked back for a position in Cairns, Mr Dahlstrom was offered a second chance and will soon travel to Townsville to begin five weeks of intensive training.
"It's pretty tough because there's limited positions," he said.
Mr Dahlstrom said he was "excited" and would be taking any tips offered by crew members at EMQHR about what to expect on the job.
Adding to his skill set, Mr Dahlstrom is also studying paramedic science via correspondence through CQ University and hopes to resume his studies later next year.
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He's still a life saver: Martin Dahlstrom is on his way to becoming a rescue crew officer with the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter Rescue service. Picture: Stewart McLean