People who make bad decisions are the bread and butter of the paramedics' daily routine

Paramedic Eamon is a newcomer to the world of television, but he is by no means shy in front of the camera.

"You know what to expect when you go to work every day, but it's different when there is a camera in front of you."

There was no time for practice, he says, so it was a matter of following the clinical process to look after the patients and just "go forth and prosper". The paramedics do get to see the episodes before they go to air to make sure they are according to procedures.

"Sometimes the way it gets edited is out of order - so we tell the producers something has to go back in - they are very good about it."

Eamon says he watches the episodes with his family and gets a "play by play analysis of his performance".

"Everyone tells me if I do something wrong and then at work I get the same thing."

Eamon is a fully qualified fourth year paramedic but is a relative junior compared to some he works with.

"Not everyone is cut out for it, but those that are, are passionate about it and some have been in it for 40 years."

Every call out is different by virtue of the unique needs of the patients, he says. People who make bad decisions - "those people are bread and butter".

Eamon says it is sad when a patient has been attacked by a gang simply because he jumped in to help his mate.

"If there is any mention of violence or a weapon, we wait for police to arrive, and rendezvous around the corner.

"I've been lucky, I've never felt unsafe. Unfortunately some of the guys have been abused."

His girlfriend Renee is also a paramedic. "We work similar hours and it's good I don't have to translate the jargon when we talk about our day, but most of the time we just switch off."

To de-stress, he takes his golden retriever for a walk and likes to exercise as much as possible.

Eamon says the hardest call outs are anything involving children. "They are always a challenge. They are often no more complicated, but the hard part is the emotional fallout. You've got distraught parents, distraught children, and you have to manage them."

He gets frustrated when people call for an ambulance for a minor health complaint.

"What people say on the phone doesn't necessarily reflect what their situation is. We are tempted to say 'Oh for God's sake' nearly every shift. The excuses young blokes give for driving like an idiot are frustrating too. Like 'my foot got stuck on the accelerator'."

He says some of the silliest things they see are people with unusual things inside themselves or around their genitals.

Drugs and alcohol make up a large proportion of their call outs. As a good looking man he says he has had a number of marriage proposals from men and women. "It can be challenging, people lose their inhibitions, but I am flattered every single time."

Girlfriend Renee thought seeing his face on the promos at the start was a bit weird. "Now she just gives me stick about it. She keeps my ego in check."

The thing he likes most about his job is it is "entirely altruistic". "There are no KPIs or profit or sales. It's enormously rewarding. You go to work to help people."

Paramedics is on the Nine Network on Tuesdays, usually at 9pm, barring news updates on the current coronavirus situation.

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