The ambulance service is celebrating its staff for International Paramedics Day.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) will honour its staff on Monday (July 8) by acknowledging the dedication and commitment of its paramedics, who respond to emergencies and provide treatment and support during crises.

WMAS is using its social media channels to highlight the contributions of people within the service, and the important roles they play.

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The clips include Sandwell paramedic Ben Collins and Dudley paramedic Alex Gilmore describing what their typical shifts are like, and what they each love most about their job and the difference they make within their communities.

WMAS chief executive officer, Anthony Marsh, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution that paramedics make to our healthcare system in the various roles they undertake, whether it be on the frontline, in our control rooms, our Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART), as critical care paramedics, Specialist Operational Response Team (SORT) paramedics, or our next generation of paramedics who are undergoing their training.

"All of you do a great job every day, often in very difficult and challenging circumstances.

"But it’s not just about the paramedics, it’s also about the whole ambulance workforce including our technicians, ECAs and student paramedics.

"When I think of the enormous progress the paramedic profession has made since I underwent my training 30 odd years ago, it’s fantastic.

"You should be rightly proud of the skills that you are all able to perform now to such a high standard, saving lives that were previously lost."

He added: "Please enjoy and be proud of this International Paramedic Day – it is rightly deserved.

"I am enormously proud of all of you and please be assured of my continued support."