National Emergency Medical Services Week

We wanted to know what it actually takes to work in the field.

News 4's Victoria Rosa takes us along for the ride.

"It can go from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds, " says Jason Trammell, Operations Manager, Pilcher's Ambulance Paramedics.

For some, the thrill of the flashing lights and saving lives started at a young age.

"When I was little I remember watching reruns of emergency, " says Trammell.

"When I grew up, we watched Rescue 911 and I think that's probably some of the first memories of getting into the field, " says Eddie Smith, Paramedic at Care Ambulance.

Young memories, that turned into a career.

"Probably the very first time that I ever did CPR was on a family member and when I did that I kind of knew then, " says Trammell.

"When I first started, I was scared to death on each run because you go thru training but when you get the first call, every decision you make is based on you, " says Smith.

And depending on the day, they never know what the right thing may be.

"Everything from dog bites to twisted ankles to cardiac arrest, " says Jamey Woodham, Paramedicn at Care Ambulance.

"Major trauma, gun shot wounds, I've delivered 3 babies, " says Greg Davis, Paramedic, at Pilcher's Ambulance Paramedics.

"You have to make life and death situations in split second timing and hope you made the right choice, " says Smith.

A high stress environment but for those who are on the front lines
What keeps them coming back?

"The excitement, the satisfaction of knowing its a service being provided, " says Woodham.

"It's just adrenaline pumping for the most part. There are sometimes when it's hard to get out of bed at 2 o'clock in the morning but it's got to be done so you just go do it with a smile on your face and do the best you can, " says Davis.

National EMS week has been observed annually since it was first declared by President Gerald Ford in 1974.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 260206791 - wtvy.com/a?a=260206791