Ambos on top of trust list

IT could be due to their caring nature or their ability to be there when we need help, but we seem to trust ambulance officers above all other professions.

For the sixth year running, ambos have taken the top position in the 2009 Reader's Digest Most Trusted Professions poll.

They just beat firefighters, who came in second, and nurses, who were third most-trustworthy.

On the other end of the scale, telemarketers were the least trusted at number 40, with car salesmen and politicians just above them.

NSW Ambulance's Steve Flanagan, district manager for the Tweed Valley zone, said it was an honour to be recognised in the national survey.

“It's good to know the community holds us in such high regard,” Mr Flanagan said. “I think it's also a reflection of the effort the guys put in, and their commitment to their work.”

Tweed Heads paramedic Tony Stanford said the job was about giving back to the community.

“We wouldn't be in the job if we didn't want to help people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Victor Lapardin from Victory Ford On the Tweed said the stigma attached to car dealers was outdated.

“It is actually the buyers who have created that environment,” he said.

Mr Lapardin said the pub- lic liked to believe car dealers were out to “rip people off”, but that just wasn't the case.

“I think 80 per cent of the industry is very sincere,” he said. “They are just normal, everyday people.

“The public is extremely protected in today's society. The quality of cars has come a long way and you've got warranties and contracts.

“There is less opportunity for them to be fed misleading information.”

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest was able to laugh at the fact that politicians rated low on the list.

“We do seem to be the butt of a lot of jokes,” Mr Provest said, adding that he has in the past caught politicians contradicting their own words. I think at the end of the day it's about how you handle your position,” he said.

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