Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Story Behind the Sirens

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Story Behind the Sirens

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HERE are some distressing fragments of 999 calls as this new series begins.

"He's been crushed", "I seriously think she's dying", "Has the baby fully come out yet?" and "Mum's being really sick".

The people on the phone are obviously panicking and upset, while the medic on the other end does their best to calm and reassure, often talking them through CPR at the same time.

You'll be on the edge of your seat from the outset.

Every year in Britain, 12 million people dial 999 for an ambulance, and there are more than 3,000 calls a day to the West Midlands Ambulance Service alone.

Here cameras follow the West Mids crews, both in the control room and in the ambulances. And the urgency is palpable as with every minute that ticks by the chances of survival decrease.

Joan has been doing CPR on her husband Terry for eightand-a-half minutes before paramedics Katie and Sarah arrive. …

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