Working as a bicycle paramedic
What does it take to work as a paramedic? My World of Work http://myworldofwork.co.uk Paramedic Joel Symonds works for the Scottish Ambulance Service. In this interview, filmed during the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, Joel talks about the use of mountain bikes to attend to casualties at crowded public events and festivals. He describes the process he went through to become a paramedic, starting with gaining an HGV licence. He then talks about the ongoing professional development which is a requirement of a paramedic's job. Previously having worked as a civil servant, Joel says he enjoys the variety and challenge which a job as a paramedic offers. He talks about how experience helps in dealing with the stresses of the job, and that the major skill needed to be a good paramedic is the ability to talk to people in any situation. He gives advice for anyone interested in becoming a paramedic, saying that some relevant work experience with the Red Cross or other voluntary organisations would be a good place to start. He explains why a paramedic's skills must be transferable as they are used in any situation or location, and that these skills mean that other opportunities can open up in remote locations such as oil rigs or in training and management roles.