999 new recruits

PUBLISHED: 12:10 01 November 2007 | UPDATED: 21:50 29 May 2010

From left, Kevi May from Chelmsford, Vicky Bartlett and Helen Wildin

From left, Kevi May from Chelmsford, Vicky Bartlett and Helen Wildin

By Alistair Nelson alistair.nelson@archant.co.uk AFTER passing an intensive eight-week training course, nine people from Essex are a step closer to becoming paramedics. The emergency medical technicians have all reached a milestone in their careers by co

By Alistair Nelson

alistair.nelson@archant.co.uk

AFTER passing an intensive eight-week training course, nine people from Essex are a step closer to becoming paramedics.

The emergency medical technicians have all reached a milestone in their careers by completing the programme to equip them with the skills necessary to work as paramedics in the county.

At the ambulance training centre in Broomfield the students, including Vicky Bartlett from Saffron Walden and Helen Wildin from Dunmow, practiced advanced life support techniques, trauma management, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and drug therapy.

Course director John Hewitt praised the group for their commitment demonstrated throughout the training.

"We have all learnt something from one another, and as individuals they have been fantastic. I'd like to thank everyone involved in making sure the course runs smoothly, and we wish our new paramedics the very best."

Deputy chief locality officer Steve Wheaton presented the group with their certificates on Friday and gave some words of advice for them.

"Over the years this course has become progressively harder and it's a testament to the experience of the tutors and the hard work of the participants that they have been able to progress to the next level," he said.

"It is important for them never to lose sight of the job in hand, to always be willing to ask questions, keep referring back to books, and call upon the tutors, to ensure they deliver the best possible care for Essex patients."

The group will now spend the next five weeks practicing their skills in acute hospitals under supervision.

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