Covering the work of the NorthWest Ambulance Service over two busy nights in the city of Greater Manchester, this episode of the well-produced documentary series offers a revealing account of the work involved and the people who do it. The paramedics are attending to an array of people in need: a 10-year-old boy having seizures; a hit-and-run victim; a woman in labour; a baby who's fallen into a paddling pool. Over the two nights, 4861 calls are received and, at one stage, 80 jobs await allocation. As paramedic Simon notes, after saying that he needs to sit quietly for a while to decompress after each shift, "This job teaches you about the fragility of life".
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