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Award for Emergency Life Support Trainers

27 August 2007

27 August 2007

A team of Yorkshire Ambulance Service Emergency Life Support Trainers has received an award for their work with young people in South Yorkshire. It's been given to them in recognition of their participation in the Barnsley Young Apprenticeships Programme.

Community Paramedic Emergency Life Support Trainer - Garry Barrs - and Community Emergency Life Support Trainer - Ian Cook - worked with 14-16 year olds to help them with career development. They taught them first aid, showed them the equipment kept in an emergency vehicle and talked about their own pathways into the Ambulance Service.

Ian said: "I was a joiner and carpenter before I joined the Ambulance Service. I think it's important to tell these young people my story because it demonstrates there are lots of different ways into the service."

Garry said: "Being able to help young people who aren't sure what they want to do is really fulfilling for us. Receiving an award for doing our job is unexpected but fantastic."

Alice Crookes - who looks after all the administration for Garry and Ian - was presented the award at a ceremony at Tankersley Manor in Barnsley. The team are based in Rotherham, but travel across Yorkshire to do training courses.

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