By KLTV Newsdesk –
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are celebrating their blue light colleagues – as part of the first-ever International Paramedics Day.
Crews are going to deliver a staged rescue, alongside student paramedics as part of a day of events at the University of Huddersfield.
The day, which is being marked around the globe, is dedicated to the world’s paramedics and their dedication during the Covid-19 pandemic.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will work with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, West Yorkshire Police and other partners who combine together every day to make the region safer.
Huddersfield White Watch will deliver a joint training exercise, giving crews and paramedic students a
realistic scenario to practice their skills with a road traffic collision (RTC) simulation.
A Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Program (JESIP) will be undertaken by the student paramedics and fire crews
The College of Paramedics is launching the first-ever International Paramedics Day to recognise and
celebrate the work that paramedics and first responders around the world do to give their patients the best
possible treatment and care and improve the outcomes for those who are injured or unwell.
Starting this year by the College of Paramedics, International Paramedics Day will be held annually on 8
July which marks the anniversary of the birth of Dominique-Jean Larrey, who is often named the ‘father of
modern-day ambulance services.’
Chris Bell West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Risk Reduction lead for Kirklees said: “West Yorkshire Fire
and Rescue Service is thrilled to play a part in celebrating the first ever world paramedics day.
“We really value all our blue light partners, so it’s great to see them recognised with an International Day of
“We are proud to be working in partnership with the University Of Huddersfield supporting the event.
The exercise will allow student paramedics and firefighters the opportunity to practice their skills in a
challenging rescue environment.
These types of multi-agency training exercises give all partners the opportunity to learn from each other and improve the way we work.”
The theme of the inaugural event is ‘Proud to be a Paramedic.’
During the day, paramedics’ organisations, ambulance trusts and practitioners from around the world, will be sharing stories to give people a better understanding of the work that they do and the vital role they play.
Tracy Nicholls, Chief Executive at the College of Paramedics, said, “We would love to see International
Paramedics Day recognised annually around the world as a time to remember and salute the wonderful
work that paramedics and first responders do.
“Never has their impact and contribution to high quality, person-centred care been more evident than during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We would like to invite students, paramedics, their professional bodies, ambulance trusts and others to
join us in supporting International Paramedics Day, reflecting on their work and the people they have
helped, and sharing their thoughts on why they feel proud to be a paramedic.”