The Toughest Place To Be A Paramedic
Last summer I was browsing my emails, when I came across an interesting one from the College of Paramedics looking for a paramedic to take part in an exciting new BBC Two programme: The Toughest Place To Be A... series.
It appealed to me straight away so I sent a reply never thinking in a million years that I'd be chosen!
My part in the programme was to travel to Guatemala City to work and live alongside the bomberos (combined paramedics and fire-fighters) for two weeks.
I would be experiencing their day-to-day working life and getting to know their families and the culture.
When I was told by the BBC it was going to be Guatemala, I was very excited, I have done quite a bit of travelling before but never to Central America, and so a whole new set of challenges and experiences awaited me.
When I arrived in Guatemala City I was very tired and just saw a hot and very busy city spread out in front of me.
I was determined before I went to savour every single moment of the opportunity I'd been given and I'd like to think I did that and have come away with wonderful memories.
It was difficult at times - having a film crew ever present was a totally new experience for me but one I had to learn to get used to.
From the moment I met my Guatemalan colleagues, Archie and Wilfredo, I felt very comfortable. They were so warm and welcoming and knowledgeable also.
I was slightly shocked by both the lack of equipment and the condition of the equipment they have to work with.
The ambulances are very basic and a lot of the equipment is reused, items such as oxygen masks and airway supports. I soon realised we take a lot for granted back home.
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.
The bomberos are very well respected and have never been a target themselves.
At no point did I doubt my decision to be part of the programme. I learned so much and made some very good friends.
It was emotional at times and also very exhausting but I got so much out of it. I felt very emotional when I attended church with Archie and his family.
I think it was because the previous night had been quite bad and then I was transported to a different place. Very overwhelming.
It made me view my work back in Cardiff very differently and realise how lucky we are and how we moan and whinge about the slightest thing when really there is no need... I made sure I let my colleagues know that as well!
I am now back working my normal shift pattern. I love my work as a paramedic wherever it may be... but my Guatemalan experience was very special!
Angie Dymott is the real life paramedic in The Toughest Place To Be A Paramedic.
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