The Guardian – My life as a paramedic: when every second counts

Working against the clock, trying to save a stabbing victim’s life, made me angry for every time our ambulance is despatched to treat the hungover or lazy

The radio comes to life, alerting everyone to a time critical job. The tone of the dispatcher is urgent, a tone only heard when circumstances are dire. It’s just a mile away from us.

“General broadcast, all units on talk group one. 25-year-old male, multiple stab wounds, immediate assistance required, any vehicle available closer than one running from 10 miles away, please press priority or go green mobile.”