Role: HEMS Paramedic
What is your background / training? I started my ambulance career in 2002 with the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service as a Care Assistant on the Patient Transport Service. Back then you weren't able to work on a frontline A&E ambulance without first "cutting your teeth" on PTS. After two months I was fast-tracked onto frontline and undertook my Ambulance Technician training at the Southern Ambulance College in Chippenham.
In 2005, I moved to old Avon Ambulance Service and worked at Bath Ambulance Station undertaking my Paramedic training shortly after joining. I remained at Bath for the following ten years during which time I qualified as a Paramedic Mentor with the Chartered Management Institute and assisted with the training of student Paramedic's.
What do you love most about your job? To be honest, I love everything about it! I am fortunate to have an exciting and varied job where I get to help some of the most critically ill and injured people in Wiltshire and surrounding counties.....and the flying is awesome of course!
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I own a Narrowboat and you will often see me boating up and down the Kennet and Avon canal with my family. What better way is there to unwind after a hard few days of flying around the Wiltshire countryside at 170mph than to cruise along the K&A at 4mph! It's wonderfully relaxing.