6 June 2013
Royal New Zealand Navy Able Medic Finbar Marshall speaks with New Zealand Army engineers at a shipboard orientation aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) during Pacific Partnership 2013 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)
Navy medic Marshall Finbar is enjoying the opportunity to share his first aid skills with Pacific communities as part of the multinational humanitarian assistance mission Pacific Partnership 2013.
Able Medic (AMEDIC) Finbar is one of 17 NZ Defence Force personnel deploying to Samoa and Tonga as part of Pacific Partnership.
"I am working as a first aid instructor on Pacific Partnership, providing instruction to community groups on the islands," he says.
"This is an eye-opening experience giving me insight to how a multinational operation operates and differing medical practices, training and equipment. As I am going in a first-aid training role, it gives me an experience in the wider range of roles expected of a Navy medic."
Day to day, AMEDIC Finbar works in the Navy Hospital.
"Usually I’m doing clinical work—seeing patients, dispensing medications, changing wound dressings, giving vaccinations and taking blood samples. I also teach workplace first-aid courses and Ship’s Medical Emergency Team training courses.
"Pacific Partnership will be beneficial in expanding my medical knowledge and relationships with other nation's defence forces."
AMEDIC Finbar, 21, attended Avondale College before joining the Navy. Since joining, he has completed the Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Paramedicine) run at Defence Health School, Burnham Military Camp through AUT. He has also completed additional medical training and Navy-specific courses including basic mariner training and helicopter underwater escape training.
In between his Navy commitments, Finbar volunteers for Muriwai Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
"My medical knowledge has already helped me in small first aid procedures on the beach and helping train young lifeguards. Good leadership qualities and physical fitness are also very transferrable skills."
AMEDIC Finbar enjoys the changing environment of the Navy and regularly doing something different. "I was recently posted to HMNZS WELLINGTON for a short period and assisted the Leading Medic onboard on an unforgettable trip to the Kermadec Islands. Although a routine deployment for the Navy, this trip was a highlight for me because it is my first extended deployment. It’s not a common travel destination and most people are unlikely to visit the Kermadec Islands in their lifetime.
"The Navy has provided me with amazing opportunities to learn, study, travel, meet new people and hold a great active lifestyle that most people strive for. I am still early into my career and there are untold experiences left to be had as a Medic. I would recommend anyone to join the Navy."
For more information, contact Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall, Defence Communications Group on 021 244 0638.