How to become a HART paramedic: Hannah’s story

As part of the BBC Bitesize world of work series, take the opportunity to meet Hannah and learn more about life as a Hazardous Area Response Team paramedic, attending call-outs where patients are difficult to reach.

Hannah is a UK HART Paramedic with North West Ambulance Service.

Her job involves attending to patients in difficult-to-reach places, such as when they are at heights, or stuck in water. HART paramedics treat patients but don’t transport them back to hospital. She says the job is like a cross between being a paramedic and a firefighter so she needs to be very physically fit for the role.

The hazardous area jobs can get really challenging but I absolutely love pushing myself.

Hannah studied Paramedic Practice at university to become a paramedic. After three years, she could apply to be a HART paramedic, which took an extra two months of intense training. She loves the challenge of her job, as well as the opportunity to help people.