Julia, one of our paramedics based in Oxford City, is currently on holiday visiting friends in Philadelphia.

While there she took time out from running up the Rocky Steps of the Museum of Art to go on a ride along with Philadelphia Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services team on Medic 7.

Julia says: “The shift was really busy – we went to 15 jobs! I was surprised that even though people have to pay for an ambulance here in the US, plenty of people still abuse the system.

Only one of the 15 jobs we went too actually really needed an ambulance. As well as presenting me with the department’s badges, the crews were amazing and very accommodating. I was telling them about what it’s like being a paramedic in SCAS and many of them now want to transfer over to England.”