What does your job involve?
Responding to emergency calls in an ambulance with my crewmate Jo or on my own in a car. Once on scene it is my job to assess the patient's condition and decide the best treatment for them.
What's the most rewarding part of your job?
Knowing that I have done the best job I can and have actually made a difference to someone’s life. It doesn’t have to be the most serious or traumatic job, but it could be helping a 92-year-old who has fallen off their bed. We get them up, make them a cup of tea and reassure them.
What are the most challenging aspects of the job?
Maintaining a positive outlook on life despite seeing depravity and how bad people can be to each other. Also working long and unsocial hours and dealing with patients who are not experiencing an emergency.
What makes a good paramedic?
A good paramedic has a multitude of attributes. They are a friend, counsellor, therapist, social worker, GP, as well as a emergency life support giver. You must be patient, understanding, have the ability to empathise, be calm under pressure and not be so arrogant that you think you know it all. The best and the most experienced paramedics I work with admit they are constantly learning even after 20 years’ experience.
What do you hope the series shows to viewers?
I hope the series shows the viewers how very busy we are as a service and maybe what constitutes an emergency and what could be dealt with somewhere else. Also maybe the viewers will think about the consequences of their actions if they drink too much.