Meet our Paramedics: Garry Clarke

We caught up with paramedic Garry Clarke to see what it was like to be part of Inside the Ambulance.

Garry Clarke

What's your name and your job?

My name's Gary Clarke, I'm a paramedic with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

What's a typical work shift like?

A typical shift is a minimum of 12 hours and you don't know what the hell you're going to next.

What's the best thing about your job?

The best thing about the job is the satisfaction of helping people. You turn up at the job and a lot are 'Thank God you're here!'. It does give you a lot of pride in your work.

What are the biggest challenges of your job?

The biggest challenge of the job is every single job's different. You might have some basic information before you turn up, but you never know what it's going to actually be like, what treatment you're going to need or how you're going to be welcomed.

How does your job affect you?

I don't think the job has actually changed me as a person, I've always been the same, but it gives you a lot more chance to be able to cope with things in normal life.

What have you learnt about the Great British public through your job?

I've learned about the public that there's no such thing as common sense. What most of us would think of a normal simple thing to do sometimes just goes totally out the window.

What do you want people to learn from Inside The Ambulance?

I'd like people to find out that what the ambulance service is really like, what we actually do and we're normal people, we've just got a few extra skills that we can help other people with.

What did you do before you worked for WMAS?

I've done several jobs in the past - lorry driver, been in forces, doing civil engineering - so coming into this was a bit of a change, but still some of the skills I'd learned in the past.