Congratulations to Paramedic Station Officer Andy Adam who recently celebrated 35 years with the ambulance service.
Andy joined the Ambulance & Rescue service, as it was then known, in June 1985, starting on the Patient Transfer Service. He had previously been a junior member and volunteer with St John, representing Guernsey in competitions in the UK. Prior to joining the service Andy trained as a carpenter.
After his initial training in Ambulance Aid in 1985, Andy later went on to qualify as a paramedic in 1994 and was appointed as Station Officer is 2002.
Andy was previously a principal member and instructor with the Cliff Rescue Team, training at the Plas Y Brenin National Mountain Centre in Wales. He was also on the hyperbaric recompression team as well as a crew member on the Inshore Rescue Boats.
Today, in addition to his operational and team leader responsibilities Andy leads and instructs the Ambulance Reserve, a group of volunteers who are trained to assist the emergency ambulance service in times of major incident. Andy also instructs the full time ambulance clinicians for preparedness to deal with a major incident.
During the Covid-19 pandemic Andy was one of the first people to offer to assist Public Health with the swabbing of patients, working both in the hospital and in the community. He was also key in preparing and training ambulance staff on the correct use of PPE.
He has received a number of recognitions of performance and Commendations from the Chief Ambulance Officer over the years, including for cliff rescues and particularly challenging incidents which he has attended.
Last year Andy’s dedication to the service was marked when he was presented with the Chief Officer’s Recognition of Performance Award, which recognised his consistent and dedicated support to the senior management team and his commitment in all aspects of his work within the St John Emergency Ambulance Service.