When I was young, I wanted to be a policeman. I had a toy police car, complete with a flashing blue light on it and I pedalled around the garden and neighbour’s houses. I got a toy policeman’s uniform for one birthday, which I was overjoyed with. I was so convinced that I wanted to […]

Continue reading about I’ve always wanted to be a policeman – so why am I looking to become a Paramedic?

Aled Treharne on April 26th, 2010

Yesterday, from a tweet by insomniacmedic, I was linked to a blog post by Buckman. He talks at length about the foolishness of some patients who refuse the care they so desperately need and the knock-on costs of the associated palliative care as they die. It’s a post and a subject that stirs deep emotions […]

Continue reading about On fools…

Aled Treharne on January 25th, 2010

Buckman is hosting this month’s edition of The Handover and asked people to write about people who influenced their career. I have to admit, I’m not short of those. The two Richards, both of whom are accomplished and professional Paramedics in their own rights, each with a very different style. Andrew, Sharon and a whole […]

Continue reading about Starting

Aled Treharne on August 21st, 2009

I can’t remember my first Mountain Rescue job. I remember a search for a missing person while I was still training, but it’s lost in a blur of memories of trying to work out how to search for a missing person. I remember my first casualty, having chased her over the mountain all night, giving […]

Continue reading about My First Emergency

Aled Treharne on March 30th, 2008

Ok, so it’s not that impressive, but it was a busy shift today. 4 calls, one mountain rescue callout. The shift started off quiet with no calls from Ambulance control until Saturday morning, meaning that I could get a decent night’s sleep. Of course, a lie in was out of the question as the phone rang […]

Continue reading about Rescue at 900 feet!

Aled Treharne on March 25th, 2008

Sean and I were quite happily sat at home yesterday when the pager went off for an area call. As Sean called out the grid reference, I tried working out where it was…until Sean called out the location. “Abertridwr.” “I…what?!” I grabbed my pager and laptop and threw the grid reference into StreetMap – sure […]

Continue reading about First on scene…

Aled Treharne on March 4th, 2008

I’ve been rather apathetic about my blogging recently, sorry about that. I had a pretty busy week last week, including a search for a misper in Mountain Ash on Thursday which left me exhausted for Friday. Friday night was on shift with the first responders right through until Saturday night and what a busy shift […]

Continue reading about Apathy and frustration

Aled Treharne on February 17th, 2008

I’m dragged out of my warm, comfortable dream by the phone. I grab it and answer as chirpily as I can, blinking the sleep from my eyes. The lava lamp I leave on when I’m on shift is casting a gentle red glow over everything. It’s a red call – “Nan down“. An old lady’s […]

Continue reading about Saturday night

Aled Treharne on February 12th, 2008

[Originally written but not posted yesterday] Wow. On Saturday I was prepared. Not wanting to get caught out again, I got all my kit ready, ironed my uniform and got everything ready for my ambulance shift which started back up at 08hrs. I started pottering around the house and everything was going to plan until […]

Continue reading about ..and I still haven’t stopped yet.

Aled Treharne on February 3rd, 2008

It’s been a very, very strange day. It started badly at midnight as I was babysitting the replacement of a switch in our London datacenter and it was running over. I didn’t get to sleep until 0300. I did at least have the presence of mind to turn off the alarm clock before I finally […]

Continue reading about How strange…