Today, we recognize Remote Paramedic Sara White as our SMS Standout. Sara was nominated for customer recognition, excellent performance, living the SMS mission and quality of work. Sara conducted a pre-flight health (COVID-19) screening on an SMS remote paramedic before being allowed passage to offshore. The co-worker commended Sara on doing a good job by being quick, efficient and not cutting any corners on the questions. This is a testament to Sara’s dedication to the SMS mission and to the health of our oil and gas workforce. Great job, and thank you, Sara!
We spoke to Sara about what a typical workday looks like through her eyes.
A.A. Describe a typical day at work.
S.W. Screening people at the heliport for COVID-19. Also, communicating with offshore rigs for POB to have a better understanding of employee’s needs to help with screening. Lastly, getting supplies for heliport specific sites to make operations run more smoothly.
A.A. What was the best vacation you have ever taken?
S.W. I went to Washington D.C. and I explored all over the city in high-interest points to learn about the history of our country.
A.A. Describe yourself in one sentence.
S.W. Feisty with a lot of sass.
A.A. What is your favorite thing about your job?
S.W. I love the experience of meeting people from all aspects of life and learning about how the oilfield works. I also like to learn about everyone’s jobs since they all are required to make the rig/platforms work like a well-oiled machine.
A.A. What food could you live on for a month?
S.W. Crinkle French fries.
A.A. Do you have a side hustle, hobby, or volunteer group that you’re involved in outside of work? What else do you spend your time doing?
S.W. I have recently started gardening, which I thoroughly enjoy.
A.A. How do you stay motivated at work?
S.W. The accomplishment at the end!
A.A. What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?
S.W. The people I have met along the way.
A.A. Who would play you in a movie?
S.W. The crazy old lady that hits everybody with her cane and they think that she has Alzheimer’s, but she’s totally sane.
A.A. Tell us about a moment that changed your life.
S.W. Whenever I lost my twin boys.
A.A. What would be your advice for future [safety professionals]?
S.W. Do your job to the best of your ability. If you strive for excellence every day, you shouldn’t question yourself.
A.A. What is your favorite activity outside of work?
S.W. Going to the gym.
A.A. Name one book that inspired you professionally.
S.W. I read medical studies a lot. I am not really a “book” kinda person.
A.A. Which talent or superpower would you most like to have and why?
A.A. What was the best advice you were ever given?
S.W. Be yourself.
A.A. Do you have a bucket list? What are the top 3 things on it?
S.W. Visit Ireland.
A.A. Do you have any pets? What are their names?
S.W. A Pekingese named Widdle and a cat named miss kitty fantastico.
A.A. A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
S.W. I just came from south of the border, and he wants to learn how to breakdance like the penguin off of Happy Feet.