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999

My Life on the Frontline of the Ambulance Service
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Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Summary

Dan Farnworth brings vividly to life his astonishing experiences as a medic working on the frontline of the UK Ambulance Service. When the 999 call goes out, he has little idea what he will find - and how he will cope with the challenges he faces when he gets there. 

Having worked in the emergency services for more than 15 years, Dan Farnworth has seen it all. There was the time he was called to take away a dead body - only for the 'corpse' to jolt back into life and demand to know what he was doing in her house. Earlier in his career, he unwittingly disturbed a crime scene as he shared the sad news of the victim's death with her son. Along with the 18,000 other paramedics in the UK who serve us day and night, Dan constantly finds himself pushed into extraordinary circumstances where he has to deal with not only those he has been sent to help but also their worried families and friends - and even with irate drivers who object to his ambulance getting in their way as he desperately works to save someone's life.

There is a special camaraderie among paramedics, and 999 - Life on the Frontline is packed with stories that are sometimes sad, occasionally hilarious, often moving but always inspirational. However, the work also takes its emotional toll, and Dan won an ITV NHS Heroes Award after setting up the Our Blue Light Campaign that helps those in his profession suffering from PTSD - something that struck him after a truly shocking event. His story will make you see our ambulance service in a completely new way.

©2020 Dan Farnworth (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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wow a very powerful

what a very powerful book, being a mental health sufferer myself I can relate just any other sufferer with how you feel, but to take the emergency services & NHS for granted every day we forgot they are humans too with feelings, who witness things that we don't do or some off us wouldn't have the guts to do on a daily basis working long hours, listening to Dan's story has open my eyes & have a lot of respect for him & the emergency services & NHS, well read too, just wish their was more help out there for metal health in a work place too, thank you dan for all your hard work making a difference to people's lives god bless you

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A good listen

A necessary insight into the life of an ambulance worker. It gave me a better understanding of the things they come up against at work.

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very moving

I loved it, very eye opening story of the truth about about the ambulance service.

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Spectacular, funny at times and raw

I listened to this audiobook none stop until I finished it. The stories he tells are so raw and real, others humorous and told in such a human authentic way ! Dan is an inspiration to any healthcare professional or any one who has struggled mental ill health in the workplace. This book is not only a brilliant insight into the ambulance service , it challenges the stigma surrounding mental health and illness and teaches you to look out for yourself and others! I feel genuinely inspired

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Thank you Dan Farnworth

Everyone should read or listen to this book. It should have been written many moons ago

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Loved it.

As a student paramedic myself I couldn't put this down! It was a brilliant read

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Incredible and inspiring

Incredible book. Huge, huge respect and admiration for anyone working for the ambulance service.An overall great read.

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Breathtaking

loved this personal journey told by a fellow ambulance person. hoping more people reach out for support after a bad job

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Good but not quite great

Was good, but started to repeat a bit towards end Still worth a listen though

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now is the time to listen to this given the circum

it was nice listening to what ambulance service crew go through the emotional connection they can get from their patients and how much of impact it can have in their mental health. makes you understand now why they can't always come as quick as they can and how they priotise who needs to be seen first.