Our staff working on the emergency ambulances are either
paramedics, advanced technicians or emergency care support workers.
They respond to a wide variety of calls but mainly to serious or
Paramedics and advanced technicians are trained to deal with
life-threatening illnesses and injuries. In addition, paramedics
are further trained to carry out invasive procedures which they may
need to perform during the most serious medical emergencies. These
procedures include intubation (where a tube is entered into the
windpipe to help a patient breathe); cannulation (where a thin tube
is inserted into a vein to introduce fluids or drugs as fast as
possible) and needle chest decompressions (inserting a needle
into the chest to release the build up of air pressure in the
We carry a full range of equipment on our emergency ambulances,
including electrocardiogram (ECG) machines to monitor a patient's
heart and defibrillators which can restart the heart if a patient
goes in to cardiac arrest.