I’m, proudly, a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) with EAAA. I joined the tEAAAm in 2016 after 14 years with the ambulance service. I started my working life with the ambulance service in 2002 and have been extremely fortunate in my career to have undertaken numerous roles since registering as a Paramedic in 2010. Joining EAAA and specialising my practice towards emergency and critical care was absolutely my career goal, and it has well and truly fulfilled my expectations.
Working as part of such an enthusiastic team providing, what I consider, to be a first class service is so rewarding. There is no doubt that working in this environment has its emotional and heart wrenching days but these are balanced with good news stories, positive outcomes, thank you cards, patient visits and aftercare and an overwhelming sense of community and comradery. I feel most proud of the team spirit within the charity. There is a very real sense of purpose and a shared goal for all at EAAA. There are so many cogs in this big yellow machine and without any single one of them the operation would not be possible, not overlooking the generous people of East Anglia who contribute to keep us in the air.
Aside from the clinical aspects of the job I absolutely love the aviation element. I don’t mind admitting to being a slightly ‘scaredy’ airline passenger and regularly experience sweaty palms during take-off and turbulence. However being in the sky aboard Anglia One/Two is a very different experience, I think it’s because we work so closely with our pilots and I feel like much more than a passenger!
“Away from an orange flight suit (almost impossible in our house since my (very new) wife and I both fly with EAAA) I love to travel, cook and walk my Labrador!”