From car crashes to cardiac arrests - go behind the scenes with Irish paramedics in new series
A new TV3 series goes behind the ambulance doors with Irish paramedics as they tackle everything from heroin overdoses to baby deliveries to cardiac arrests and car crashes.
In the first episode of the six-part series 'Paramedics' the crew responds to a heroin overdose but soon finds that saving the person's life is easier than dealing with them when they come around.
The series go behinds the scenes with the HSE National Ambulance Service and meets the call takers who manage the thousands of 999 and 112 emergency calls every day.
Speaking about her job, paramedic Gloria, who is based in Cork, explains how she deals with people in emergencies.
“We get to go to people in the worst time of their life, the absolute worst time," she says. "They’re either having a heart attack or they’re in a cardiac arrest and their family members are panicking in the house, or they’re having a baby.
"Obviously the back of an ambulance is not what you plan when you decide to have a baby but sometimes fate steps in and we’re the ones they see and we get to welcome baby into the world. You get to do that and you get to see that side of things, which normal people don’t get to see.”
Also, emergency call takers like Sandra Barrett operate from the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) in Dublin.
“You really don’t know what you’re going to get when you pick up the phone," she says.
"It could be anything from someone who has had a fall, to someone in cardiac arrest, to a child in respiratory arrest.
“It’s our responsibility to keep the caller calm, as calm as can be in an emergency situation.”
‘Paramedics’ airs on Thursday 16th April at 9pm on TV3.