West Midlands Ambulance crews back in spotlight in new TV series

A fly in the cab television series is putting ambulance crews across the West Midlands in the spotlight.

Paramedics Mandy and Michelle are featured in the online episde of the show
Paramedics Mandy and Michelle are featured in the online episde of the show

Series six of More4's 999: On The Front Line follows nine two-person paramedic crews day and night on Saturdays around the massive area covered by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Some 5.6 million people are covered by the service's hard working crews who respond to some 4,000 emergency calls every single day. These include immediate threats to life, car crashes and medical emergencies.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said the team is "really excited" that the new series is about to be shown.

"The crews that take part demonstrate time and again what a fantastic dedicated group of staff we have. The care and compassion that they show to each patient is amazing."

The spokesman revealed that the programmes are so popular that they get "lovely comments" from around the world.

“We are incredibly proud of each of the staff who take part as they show why the NHS is one of the best health care systems in the world,” the spokesman said.

Part one of the series is available on the channel's streaming service and episode two is due to be broadcast at 9pm on Sunday, September 5.

Episode one shows a 47-year-old victim of a car-jacking in Solihull. The parcel delivery driver, called Ian, tried to stop the thieves taking his van. But instead he was dragged under the van and suffered serious injuries.

In Dudley, a crew responded to a category one threat to life incident when a man collapsed in the street suffering a fit.

In Warwick a crew responded to a lorryload of suspected illegal immigrants found in the back of a lorry at the motorway services.

The show also has its lighter moments, with the banter between crew members, including one who was the winner of a TV talent programme being ribbed by his partner.

At the end of the 46-minute programme, the show reveals what happens in all the cases crews have responded to.

On Sunday's show (September 5) paramedics are called to a car crash, a suspected broken hip, a nasty head injury and a fractured kneecap.

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