Paramedics on the road

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They have completed their training as paramedics after gaining experience as ambulance technicians.

Acting chief ambulance officer John Sutherland congratulated them both on their achievement.

He said: ‘I support all staff with their future professional development within the Ambulance Service, but if we are to provide a dedicated and professional service that the people of Jersey rightly demand there must be continual investment in staff at all levels.’

Mr Sutherland said that traditional paramedic courses were becoming less readily available in the UK, as this entry route was being phased out and replaced by degree courses.

‘The qualification is continually evolving to incorporate more skills, modern equipment and new drugs as the field of out of hospital emergency medicine expands,’ he said.

Kate’s family moved to Jersey from Birmingham when she was four.

She was educated at La Pouquelaye School and Jersey College for Girls before studying for a degree in English at Stirling University and then for a master’s degree in creative writing at Bath.

Kate, who is 29, worked as an ambulance technician for over three years, after which she was offered a place on the paramedic course.

She said: ‘Working for the Ambulance Service has provided me with a huge insight into Jersey and the kind of problems it has. Though responding to accidents and emergencies makes up a significant percentage of our work, social issues, specifically alcohol and drug abuse, count for the majority of our work.’

Ladies’ Channel Islands squash champion and county player, she also enjoys other sports.

Born in Jersey, Robin was educated at De La Salle College before working in a bank and then travelling to follow his hobby of surfing.

He gained a higher national diploma after studying marine leisure management at Falmouth Marine College. After working for four years at Romerils, two as office manager, he joined the Ambulance Service in March 2006. Robin, who is 35, said that having worked as an ambulance technician, he was delighted with the opportunity to train as a paramedic.

‘This is something that I had wanted to do since joining the service. The paramedic course was even harder and more intense than the first and I was glad that I had spent time as a technician because I had gained valuable experience during that time,’ he said.

Robin said that he was now looking forward to putting his new skills into practice.

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