Simon - Paramedic RRV

In an emergency situation, it's imperative to have a member of the ambulance service on the scene as soon as possible. It's the job of Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) clinicians, like Paramedic Simon McCrory, to get there quickly, assess the patient, administer any necessary treatment at the scene and to determine the most appropriate care.

His role as an RRV paramedic involves positioning his vehicle in a strategic location - giving him the potential to reach as many people as possible if the need arises. This also means if Simon receives an emergency call, he is well-placed to be first on the scene. In fact, the average response time for an RRV is just five minutes.

He was inspired to work in the ambulance service in 1991 after watching an ambulance crew attending to his father, who had suffered a cardiac arrest. At the age of 19, the experience drove him to join the ambulance service as a care assistant in the non-emergency patient transport service, before progressing to the emergency service and studying for a diploma in Paramedic Practice at UCLAN, so he could emulate his heroes.

Simon has had the exact same training as an ambulance paramedic, and his car is kitted out with the same lifesaving equipment as an ambulance, which means he is ready to deal with any situation.

He said: "Being first on the scene can put you under a lot of pressure, but it's so important to keep a level head and assess the patient to determine the most appropriate care.

"If urgent or lifesaving treatment is required on the scene, I can administer it until an ambulance arrives. However, if I can see that the patient doesn't need an ambulance, I am able to give self-case advice, or refer them to another healthcare professional in the community.

"Being an RRV paramedic is challenging, exciting and extremely rewarding. Knowing I've helped somebody is the best feeling in the world."

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