As part of our Community Education Initiative, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service visits many local schools, playgroups and youth and community groups.
This Education Initiative is designed to educate the local community we serve about the role of the ambulance service. Children experience in the non-threatening environment of their school or nursery much of the equipment that Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians use in their daily treatment of patients.
The event is taken by NIAS staff that volunteer to participate in the initiative and are experienced in dealing with children of all ages. The staff ensures that fun is had by all, creating a memorable day with lasting impressions of a service which is efficient and friendly.
We have a number of dedicated Community Education Vehicles, emblazoned with the graphics of the Paramedi-kidz, which help us to deliver this initiative.
Paramedi-kidz represent the diverse community that makes up Northern Ireland today. They embody the finest attributes of the men and women who make up NIAS, placing the highest values on integrity, caring, tolerance and dignity.
At NIAS we like to engage with our local community as much as we can, often attending summer fairs and local fun days through community groups. We believe that it is important that the community we serve see us and accept us as part of itself. This helps us gather more widespread support in any initiative we undertake in the future relating to hoax calls, inappropriate use of the service or violence against our staff.
Should you wish for NIAS to visit your school, youth or community group, please contact our Media & Communications Manager John McPoland.