Paramedic

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Duration: 1 hour

Angie Dymott is leaving her job as a paramedic in Cardiff, South Wales, to join the Bomberos of Guatemala City, capital of Guatemala and one of the most murderous places on earth.

For two weeks, she will live and work with the Bomberos, combined paramedics and firemen, as they race to the scenes of gangland killings and drive-by shootings, trying to save lives and to stay alive. She will swap her roomy, high-tech, state-of-the-art ambulance for a cramped minibus.

As the drug barons fight it out and innocents are caught in the crossfire, Angie will see more bloodshed and killings in a few days than in all her years on the job in Wales.

Decades of civil war and increasing drug-related violence have left this Central American country close to chaos. The murder rate is bucking the global, downward, trend, and rising every year. Recently a leading international monitoring organisation described Guatemala as 'a paradise for criminals.'

As she contemplates her departure, Angie is scared, not just of the violence but of failing her new colleagues. She knows she's a competent paramedic in the UK, but in Guatemala? Will she cope? Will she be a useful member of the team or merely a hindrance?

More episodes

  • Angie Dymott: Cardiff Paramedic

    Angie Dymott: Cardiff Paramedic

    Angie and her paramedic partner have been dubbed the 'Mumbulance' for the reassurance they bring to the streets of Cardiff. But does she have the temperament to cope in Guatemala City?

    Read Angie's Profile, and have a look round her ambulance
  • Wilfredo Ponce: Guatemala paramedic and Angie's host

    Wilfredo Ponce: Guatemala paramedic and Angie's host

    Wilfredo sees at first hand the daily toll of traffic collisions and shootings in Guatemala City. He loves to make a difference, but the lack of resources is a source of constant frustration.

    Read Wilfredo's profile, and find out about his 24 hour shifts
  • Luis Eduardo Archila, Volunteer Fireman

    Luis Eduardo Archila, Volunteer Fireman

    'Archie' is a sales manager in his day job, but at the weekend he goes out to fight fires. Although he admits Guatemala can be dangerous, he still feels the country is blessed by God.

    Archie tells what it was like to host British paramedic Angie
  • BBC TV Blog: Angie Reflects on her Experience

    BBC TV Blog: Angie Reflects on her Experience

    "Guatemala City is a violent place to be. Although I did deal with some horrendous jobs, particularly the shooting of a young boy in a busy street, I never once felt in danger myself."

    Read Angie's post on the BBC TV blog

Credits

Director
Kevin Jarvis
Producer
Kevin Jarvis
Series Producer
Simon Watts-Davies
Executive Producer
Sam Bagnall

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