Behind the scenes with TRAA paramedics

July 24, 2016

Day and night, you see ambulances all over the city ready to help those in need.

But do you know exactly what paramedics do throughout their shifts?

Those big white box trucks and those inside them do much more than one would think.

“When people think of emergency services, what often comes to mind is the fire department or the police department, but often times EMS kind of gets overlooked as being an emergency service,” says Seth Bard, Education Coordinator for TRAA.

“We’re kind of an extension of a hospital but extension of emergency services all together. Some people only refer to us as ambulance drivers because they really don’t know everything that we can do.”

The trucks hold hundreds of pieces of life-saving equipment in one space, from oxygen tanks and syringes to heart rate monitors and body boards… all ready to help.

With each day varying, the men and women in white never know what challenges they’re going to face.

“We go from a cardiac arrest, [where you’re] trying to save somebody’s life and bring them back to life and people dying, to your very next run is a child birth where you’re bringing somebody into the world,” Bard continues. “So it’s something from one extreme to the other.”

From emergency calls and non-emergency calls to transferring patients around town, these paramedics do it all during their shifts- all with a sense of pride.

“I may not have saved a life that night or may not have had a critical call, but somebody who called me was having the worst night of their life and I was able to step in and help them out.”

“…Whether that’s just holding somebody’s hand on the way to the hospital or something as small as that. I know I have helped somebody when there was nobody else there to help them. So it really does make you feel good,” Bard says with a smile.

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Courtesy: Jen Danczak – 21 Alive