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No two days are the same for me doing this job and that’s the best part about it. Being a trainee technician requires a lot of hard work to reach the end result of qualifying, but there’s no better place to train than on the job.

Years ago I was in the St John Ambulance Brigade, which gave me the interest to get out and help people. I’m a lifeboat crew member in Holyhead and look after the first aid aspect there. I’ve also acted as a volunteer  community first responder in the town. All this experience has been great in setting me up on the path to becoming a technician.

I joined the Welsh Ambulance Service years ago in Holyhead, working for Patient Care Services. PCS seemed to be the most logical step to be a base for me to work my way up in the ambulance service. I applied for the High Dependency Service when that came up and joined with them February last year.

The path to becoming a technician for me began in June 2008 when I headed to the WAST Swansea training centre for an intense 12 weeks course. There’s a lot of information to take in and work to do in that time period but it’s definitely worth the effort that you put in.

Soon as I arrived back to Caernarfon ambulance station here I was straight out on the road to begin the second part of the training. For 12 months I’m learning on the road and I have to say with what we can be called to each day, there’s no better place to learn. I am assessed every three months as part of the ongoing training. Out on the road I ‘m part of an ambulance crew, but it’s great to have the support and advice of the paramedics in case I need it.

I definitely do get job satisfaction out of doing this role. It’s knowing that I’ve done a good job, something that the patient I’ve seen to truly appreciates.

When you are out there doing the job, you do face traumatic experiences but the training gives you the right tools to do the job and there are the positives that make you really smile when you are on the road. It takes the right type of person to go out there, see to the patients and then put them behind him or her to get on to the next job.

The most enjoyable part of the job for me is when we get the call… you don’t know what you are going to, each day is a different day and the variety makes  all the training very worthwhile.

I want to become a good Welsh Ambulance Service technician and will in the future try and make that next step up to becoming a paramedic.

Steve Rogerson,

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