Dan Farnworth brings vividly to life his astonishing experiences as a medic working on the frontline of the UK Ambulance Service. When the 999 call goes out, he has little idea what he will find - and how he will cope with the challenges he faces when he gets there.
Having worked in theemergency servicesfor more than fifteen years, Dan Farnworth has seen it all. There was the time he was called to take away a dead body - only for the 'corpse' to jolt back into life and demand to know what he was doing in her house. Earlier in his career, he unwittingly disturbed a crime scene as he shared the sad news of the victim's death with her son. Along with the 18,000 other paramedics in the UK who serve us day and night, Dan constantly finds himself pushed intoextraordinary circumstanceswhere he not only has to deal with those he has been sent to help, but also their worried families and friends - and even with irate drivers who object to his ambulance getting in their way as he desperately works to save someone's life.
There is aspecial camaraderieamong paramedics, and999 - Life on the Frontlineis packed with stories that are sometimes sad, occasionally hilarious, often moving butalways inspirational. However, the work also takes its emotional toll, and Dan won anITV NHS Heroes Awardafter setting up the Our Blue Light Campaign that helps those in his professionsuffering from PTSD- something that struck him after a truly shocking event.His story will make you see our ambulance service in a completely new way.
Dan Farnworth is an ambulance medic based in the northof England, and he has worked in the emergency services for fifteen years. He is the founder of Our Blue Light, a campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues in the emergency services, and won the ITV NHS Heroes Award for Mental Health Champion of the Year.