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We’re proud to be supporting “International Paramedics Day”

 
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We’re proud to be supporting “International Paramedics Day”
by SMMC Admin - Friday, 8 July 2022, 9:17 AM
 

8th July is being dedicated to the world's paramedics. We want to join in the celebration by saying a huge thank you to James, Toby, Matt and Claire - four members of Scottish Motorsport Marshals Club who are paramedics and actively involved in motorsport.

Today, we are very pleased to be supporting the first ever global International Paramedics Day.

Throughout the Covid pandemic, paramedics have put the wellbeing and interests of others first, working tirelessly in the most challenging of circumstances and often at great risk to themselves.

Now, for the first time, the 8th July is being dedicated to the world's paramedics. This date is the anniversary of the birth of Dominique-Jean Larrey, the man often referred to as the 'father of modern-day ambulance services'.

We want to join in the celebration by saying a huge thank you to James, Toby, Matt and Claire - four members of Scottish Motorsport Marshals Club who are paramedics and actively involved in motorsport.

We are exceptionally proud of what they do in their day job on the front line of prehospital care every day, and we are very grateful that they also choose to volunteer with SMMC in a variety of roles which allows them to use their skills and share their knowledge across the motorsports and marshalling communities.

James can usually be found at a wide range of local, national and international motorsport events. He says, “I've always been fascinated by motorsport, the speed, the noise, the excitement. I grew up watching the Lombard RAC Rally with my father and tinkering under old cars. I had a change of career in my early twenties which led to a fulltime role as a paramedic with an NHS Trust. The spark of motorsport, however, still smouldered so now I use my medical knowledge to provide a primary paramedic response at motorsports events across the UK. Working with a variety of people from all walks of life is interesting and the camaraderie of motorsport is fantastic.”

Toby is now a Clinical Education Development Specialist but has spent over 20 years providing prehospital care in various roles including operations commander, police medic and paramedic. He says one of his proudest moments in motorsport was being ambulance crew for the BTCC for several years. His excitement was obvious when we saw him at the Colin McRae Rally Challenge at Knockhill at the weekend - “it’s brought back so many childhood memories” he said.

Claire is currently on holiday on a well deserved break. She is a team leader in the Special Operations Response Team in the Scottish Ambulance Service. As a bit of a petrolhead, she can regularly be found at Knockhill.

Matt is a senior manager in the Scottish Ambulance Service. We asked him about his involvement in the Club:

“My love of motorsport and my professional clinical role come together when volunteering as a Motorsport UK paramedic. Whether it is delivering clinical training, or being ‘trackside’ as part of a medical team, being a paramedic has allowed me to get up close and personal with some great motorsport action. Although finding the time to fit it all in alongside my ‘day job’ can be a challenge, the rewards have been worth it. I’ve worked alongside some great people and have got closer to the racing action than most people would. I have loved delivering training to all sorts of other people supporting motorsport, from Consultant Anaesthetists, to Rescue and Recovery volunteers. It’s also rewarding to know that you are there to provide rapid response and clinical interventions if anything does ever go wrong at a motorsport event. As a lifelong motorsport fan, I can’t think of a better way to give something back to the sport!”

Matt, James, Toby and Claire are active champions in our Motorsport Medical Group, a community of interest for sharing best practice and information about medicine and pre-hospital care in a motorsport setting.

On behalf of marshals, officials, competitors and spectators everywhere, we want to take a moment today to thank our four paramedics, and the hundreds of paramedics across the UK, who work tirelessly to improve the safety of motorsport events and who are always among the first on scene when things go wrong.