8 July is the first International Paramedics Day and the occasion marks two UK paramedics proving they can be good at their jobs – but they are no good on camera. While filming a video about what it means to be a paramedic, Dave Tamaro and Joe Cartwright of Luton Ambulance Station couldn’t stop their laughter.
His blooper reel shared on Facebook shows Cartwright unable to speak as he laughs with every attempt.
“Hello, everyone. Welcome to Luton Ambulance Station,” Tamaro says. Before he introduces himself, Cartwright bursts into laughter, which then makes Tamaro laugh.
Eventually – after being interrupted by giggles several times – Tamaro is able to explain that the first International Paramedic Day is July 8, and he asks his colleague, “What is it like to be a paramedic?”
“It feels really good to be a paramedic,” Cartwright says before laughing again. “I don’t know why I’m saying that. I can’t stop saying, ‘That sounds cool.’ I am sorry!”
The clip was shared by the East of England Ambulance Service, or EEAST, NHS Trust and garnered widespread attention online.
“We received thousands of lovely messages about the many efforts of Dave and Joe in their message for International Paramedics Day: EEAST chief executive Tom Abel said in a statement to CBS News. “I know they were both amazed by the response. Huh. ,
“We felt it was important to mark this first International Paramedics Day on Friday 8 July to celebrate the work of our dedicated staff, who work so hard to support our patients and communities.”
International Paramedics Day was created and organized by the College of Paramedics in the UK as well as professional paramedics organizations around the world.
According to the College of Paramedics, July 8 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the birth of Dominique-Jean Larry, “the man often referred to as the ‘father of modern-day ambulance services’.”
To mark the day, the organization shared several other videos from paramedics on July 8. “Really proud to be a paramedic and see the profession grow,” said Marcus Bailey, EEAST’s chief operating officer, in a video. “The wonderful things that everyone does every day, it’s amazing. It’s so special.”
“Like 32,000 others in the UK, I am a paramedic,” says Graham Clarke, a paramedic and president of EEAST’s LGBT+ network. “It’s important to me to be a paramedic. It gives me the privilege of being there for people in their best moments of life — but making their worst moments a little easier or bearable for them.”