A BROMSGROVE teenager was among a group of students who went behind the scenes at West Midlands Ambulance Service.
During his time there, Jamie Bunting gained an insight into how to handle emergency calls, the management of trauma patients and how the Midlands Air Ambulance is used to help patients.
The group of 12, who were all aged between 14 and 18, met a range of operational staff, including paramedics from the trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team.
The young enthusiasts’ life-saving skills were also put to the test during the programme, challenging their ability to use an automated external defibrillator, a device used to restart someone’s heart when they have suffered a cardiac arrest.
Diane Pittom, the trust’s organisational development officer, was delighted in the way the students performed. “Engaging with young people is an important investment for us and helps us further enhance the quality of our future workforce.
“This opportunity has allowed the students to see beyond the blue lights and explore the service ‘behind the scenes to discover to broad range of roles that make up to the ambulance service.
“Their enthuisiam to learn, confidence to ask questions and unique personalities have made this week incredibly successful and I hope it’s given them food for thought to apply for future jobs with us.”