Wednesday 28 September 2016

Behind-the-scenes photos show emergency team respond to call of teen (15) hit by car

Published 22/04/2015 | 20:42

Paramedics respond to emergency call after a Spanish girl is hit by a car (Photo:TV3)
Paramedics respond to emergency call after a Spanish girl is hit by a car (Photo:TV3)
Paramedics respond to emergency call after a Spanish girl is hit by a car (Photo:TV3)
Paramedics respond to emergency call after a Spanish girl is hit by a car (Photo:TV3)

These behind-the-scenes images show a team of a paramedics responding to an emergency call after a fifteen-year-old girl was hit by a car.

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The photos show how, within minutes, the team of five paramedics have calmed the young teenager and transferred her to an A&E department for treatment.

Irish paramedic Niall Dunleavy is seen trying to calm down the teenage girl, who was a Spanish student staying in Ireland to complete an English course.

The images have been released as part of TV3’s latest behind-the-scenes show, ‘Paramedics’.

The six-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series gives viewers an insight into the hectic routine of Ireland’s frontline emergency medical services.

This week’s episode focuses on paramedics and emergency call takers as they respond to a number of road traffic accidents.

Paramedics respond to emergency call after a Spanish girl is hit by a car (Photo:TV3)
Paramedics respond to emergency call after a Spanish girl is hit by a car (Photo:TV3)

A total of 196 people died on Ireland’s roads last year, a rise for the second year in a row.

Tony Kelly, who is one of Ireland’s three paramedics who travel by motorbike, said his team of three respond to traffic incidents, as well as maternity calls and cardiac arrests in the wider Dublin area.

The team was first established in 2000.

“Ambulances can take a good while to get through traffic, even cars, so they decided to go down the route of the motorcycle,” he told ‘Paramedics’.

“We’ve 35 saves from cardiac arrest in that 15 years.

“We’ve also attended a lot of maternity calls, road traffic collisions. The staff on it is three and it has been three since 2000 and because there is only three of us, it’s not very well known that there is a motorcycle unit.”

‘Paramedics’ airs on TV3 at 9PM on Thursday evenings

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