International Paramedics Day: What a day of celebration for paramedics, first responders and anyone working in pre-hospital care around the globe! We came together as one and told the world why we’re proud to be paramedics.
As well as celebrating the vital role that paramedics play in supporting people's mental and physical wellbeing, often in the most challenging of circumstances, the day itself was a chance to promote and raise awareness about the many different settings paramedics now work in including primary and secondary care, GP surgeries, research, education, military, offshore, helicopter emergency medical services and telephone triage systems.
With the help of our 40 partners, across 18 countries, International Paramedics Day became a buzzword on social media on July 8 as student paramedics, paramedics, first responders, ambulance trusts, higher education institutions and affiliated organisations from around the world joined forces to make the day a huge global success on social media.
There were celebrity endorsements from the likes of Love Island’s Dr Alex George, former Strictly star AJ Pritchard and new Health Secretary Steve Barclay, not to mention global media coverage from CNN, BBC, ITV, Sun Live New Zealand, Buzz Radio Texas, Star Weekly Australia and CBS.
The level of engagement we saw @ParamedicsUK on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter was unprecedented for the College and at one point #ProudToBeAParamedic and #InternationalParamedicsDay were both trending respectively in third and fourth position on Twitter.
And who can forget the blooper video from Luton paramedics, Dave Tamarro and Joe Cartwright as they tried to explain what it was like to do their jobs but were overcome with uncontrollable laughter. It was number one on the BBC and ITV video news pages.
None of this would have been possible, however, without your support and participation so THANK YOU. Our aim was always to make International Paramedics Day a real moment of pride and joy for the profession and hopefully, you’ll agree, we achieved that.
If you haven’t had a chance to look at all the amazing videos and images sent in from paramedics here in the UK and abroad then why not head to www.internationalparamedicsday.com
and check them out while you still have time.