Paramedic retires after 40 years with ambulance service

After a 40-year career with North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), Berwick-based Paul Ross is retiring.

Friday, 28th December 2018, 1:44 pm
Updated Monday, 7th January 2019, 11:40 am
Paul Ross

He said: “I have met and had the enjoyment of working with some great people throughout my time but I feel it’s my time to go.”

Paul started out on his career path in January 1979, when he successfully passed an ambulance aid course in Tynemouth.

He worked initially at Seaton Deleval ambulance station where he completed his probationary year, completing a two week advanced driving course.

In 1984 he was promoted to leading ambulance person at Berwick ambulance station and, later, further promoted to station officer.

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He passed an extended training course in 1990 (the forerunner of paramedic) which equipped him with advance life saving skills.

Paul also successfully passed a range of courses throughout his time with the service.

He also worked shifts at many other stations within NEAS.

Paul also enjoyed officiating at various sports and, to that end, attained professional registration with the European Paramedic Association, Scottish Football Association, Speedway Control Board and Motor Sports Association.

In 2009, when he was awarded a certificate for 30 years’ service, he told the Advertiser his most memorable occasion since joining the service was saving a baby from choking on his way to work.