South Yorkshire paramedics flying high

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Two South Yorkshire paramedics are flying high after swapping their ambulances for a helicopter.

James Stubley and Paul Holmes, are among seven Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics chosen for a two-year secondment with Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The new recruits completed a three-week training programme that included underwater escape training, mountain and water rescue, navigation and air safety.

James, aged 34, from Dronfield, said: “This is something I’ve always wanted to do.

“Every day you are going to make life-saving decisions and interventions and it is really satisfying knowing we can get people to the appropriate hospital so quickly.”

James, who is a member of Edale Mountain Rescue Team, was a clinical supervisor based in Sheffield before joining Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

He added: “Because you are attending life-threatening and life-changing calls you are learning enhanced clinical skills, but also you are part of the technical air crew which is completely new.”

Paramedic clinical supervisor Paul Holmes, 38, from Wath-upon-Dearne, said joining Yorkshire Air Ambulance has fulfilled a childhood ambition of his.

“I’ve wanted to be an air paramedic ever since watching a TV programme about the air ambulance service as a kid,” said the father-of-one.

“Air safety and time are crucial, so you have to act very much as part of a team - from learning how to navigate from the air to coordinating with the hospital team and sometimes working with doctors.”