Many of our new colleagues have completely changed their ‘day job’, stepping up to take on a role with the ambulance service and help people across the North West.
Meet Erin Evans McIntyre, who joined NWAS on April 2020 after swapping teaching overseas for working at Estuary Point, as an emergency medical dispatcher (EMD) within the Cheshire and Merseyside emergency operations centre (EOC).
Hi Erin, welcome to Team NWAS! Tell us about your job before you started working with us.
“I am a qualified teacher and for almost two years I had been living and working in Vietnam with my boyfriend teaching English to children aged between three and six years old.
“My boyfriend and I both returned home for Christmas and then COVID-19 struck! I found myself back in the UK, with my boyfriend stuck in Sweden which means I haven’t seen him face to face in over five months.”
What made you want to work at NWAS?
“I saw this job advertised and applied, never imagined for a second that I would get it! I didn’t think I would love my new role as much as I do, as I never thought I would want to do anything else than teach but my whole perspective has changed.
“Early on I experienced the emotional extremes of the role. In my second week I answered a call from someone who had taken their own life – the person couldn’t be saved. It made me think I’m not really cut out for this type of work but then, just a week later, I helped to deliver a baby into the world! At times it is very tough but I genuinely believe that we have the honour to help people in the very worst and very best of moments.
“I am so proud of the work my colleagues and I do every day. We’re experiencing unprecedented times during the pandemic and I have found great comfort and solace in my role, as well as what the trust is doing as a whole. I feel honoured to be a part of it.
“From someone who only ever wanted to be a teacher I can’t believe that now I can’t see myself doing anything other than working as an EMD. I’ve pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and I think everyone should; you never know what you’ll discover about the world but also yourself.”