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A-level students from Pembrokeshire College recently took part in a paramedic science taster day thanks to the Reaching Wider project.

Aspiring paramedics from Pembrokeshire College joined students from schools and colleges across south west Wales in a paramedic science taster day held at Swansea University’s paramedic science suite.

Led by the university’s paramedic team, students first had a presentation by the Welsh Ambulance Service and the Hazardous Area Response Team before taking part in a number of hands-on workshops.

With state-of-the-art technology at their fingertips the students undertook practical workshops in basic life support, airway management and trauma/spinal immobilisation. Demonstrations by the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Ambulance Service highlighted the skills, patience and clear thinking needed to react to emergency situations. Students then moved into the world of virtual reality where the study of anatomy and physiology took on a new dimension.

Kate Bassett-Jones, A-level Biology lecturer at Pembrokeshire College accompanied the students and commented: “For students who are thinking of pursuing a career as a paramedic these taster workshops are a unique opportunity to see first-hand the facilities on offer at Swansea University. The workshops allowed them to really get involved and gave a glimpse into what a career as paramedic might be like.

“Taster days such as this are invaluable in giving students an insight into future careers and we are grateful to Reaching Wider for arranging them.”