Female NSW paramedics share their experiences on the job

PARAMEDICS: One-year-old Isabella Fox and her mother and paramedic Adriana Fox, with fellow paramedic Emily Stannard. Photo: BRADLEY JURD

PARAMEDICS: One-year-old Isabella Fox and her mother and paramedic Adriana Fox, with fellow paramedic Emily Stannard. Photo: BRADLEY JURD

Raising young children, shift work and saving people's lives.

That's just all in a days work for NSW paramedics Adriana Fox and Emily Stannard.

Ahead of International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8, the Western Advocate sat down with Ms Fox and Ms Stannard, who are both based at the Bathurst Ambulance Station, and discussed their job, why they chose their career and some of their highlights.

Ms Fox - who has a one-year-old daughter - said she always wanted to work with people in some capacity.

"I did a few courses like aged-care and first aid before I applied for uni and here I am," she said.

"This is what I wanted to do and I'm very happy with this job.

"Being outside and not in an office or a hospital, that wasn't something I wasn't interested in. I wanted to be outside doing something and helping people."

Ms Fox said helping people and seeing them improve is a "satisfying experience".

"The satisfaction you get from helping people at one the worst moments in their life from when they call you is really rewarding," she said.

"Also, the fact that I've been able to visit and travel to so many towns.

"When I started I was in the Mid North Coast area and then New England.

"Since I've came here, I've done a bit of work in towns like Parkes and Cowra so I've seen a bit of NSW."

Ms Stannard - who has a three-and-a-half-year-old child - said she really enjoys getting to know new people.

"I like meeting new people and enjoying chatting to them, especially the senior citizens," she said.

"There's so many diverse people in our community and being paramedics, we're able to get out there and see them in their homes.

"Particularly people in nursing homes who are a bit lonely. They've always got great stories."

One of her most memorable moments was when she treated a pilot on Christmas Eve.

Ms Stannard said that they were called to a job after a pilot flying his light plane hit an eagle, which smashed through the windscreen and in its panic, scratch the pilot with its talons.

A rough collie was also on board and according to the pilot, his dog was able to lick the blood out of pilot's face so he could land safely at the Bathurst Airport.

"We turned up to this job that sounded pretty weird and this little Lassie dog lying near the plane when we got there," Ms Stannard said.

"Apparently that's the risk of flying a plane, hitting a bird."

"It was probably one of the weirdest jobs that comes to mind. He made a full recovery, so it was a good story."

This story Female paramedics share their experiences on the job first appeared on Western Advocate.