AMBULANCE service bosses say they are delighted with a massive response to their latest paramedic recruitment campaign.

More than 1,100 people applied to advertisements by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) for 120 places for student paramedics.

WMAS recruitment advisor, Louise Harris, said: “This is a fantastic response. We thought it would be a popular role, but to get so much interest is tremendous as it means we will be able to ensure we have the highest quality of candidates.

“We have been pleasantly surprised by the wide range of people who have applied. They come from all sections of our area and have a wide range of backgrounds and communities which is really positive.

“We are currently planning to run four courses of 30 over the coming months. “As a Trust, we are committed to ensuring that we have a paramedic on every vehicle. We already have one of the highest rates of paramedics in the country but this programme will take us one step closer to that vision.” Assessment of applicants is due to start in early February.