Gladstone paramedic Clarissa Tetzlaff.
Gladstone paramedic Clarissa Tetzlaff. Mara Pattison-Sowden

A coffee with... paramedic Clarissa Tetzlaff

THIS week we have a coffee with graduate paramedic Clarissa Tetzlaff.

Name: Clarissa Tetzlaff.

Occupation: Graduate paramedic.

Years lived in Gladstone: Since May last year. I applied for the job up here because there's no jobs in Adelaide.

What you love about where you live: It's nice and warm.

How do you take your favourite drink? Either an iced latte when on duty or an espresso martini.

Caffeine is essential. I don't know how many I've had today.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon you can find me … at the Yachties' Sunday sessions or watching movies.

When I was young, my dream was to … own a sheep station. It's more of a lifestyle. It's something younger people need to get involved in.

I can't remember the last time I … had a yiros from the general store. They're different to what you get up here.

My most memorable pets are … my dogs Kimba and Wombat. She's named after the Kimberley, she's pure miniature pincer and he's her baby.

He's good but he loves to love you.

My secret talent is … playing the harp. I've done that since I was five. I got invited to the Government House open day, and played in the Hilton.

My favourite holiday destination is … anything action-based. I loved Thailand, but a holiday on a river wakeboarding or snowboarding would be great.

Coffee … is something I can't live without. Ask any paramedic and that's the answer you'd get.

The best piece of wisdom I've been told is ... take everyone's learnings and use those to build a way that works for you.

What are you spruiking? CPR saves lives - learn it. It prolongs the amount of time the blood gets around the body.

Call 000 and they can talk you through what to do.



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