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National Volunteer Week: Ryan

National Volunteer Week: Ryan

Ryan has only been Event Medic at Wellington Free Ambulance for a little over a year but loves the work he gets to be a part of.

Event Medic Ryan

It was an easy decision to volunteer with the team, especially as he knew how much experience he would get from it – helping with his study to become a paramedic.

But in recent months, due to COVID-19, there were no events taking place in our community which made volunteering quite different. Fortunately for Ryan and a number of his colleagues, he was given another opportunity to help in our Patient Transfer Service.

“I guess volunteering is important to me [as cheesy as it sounds] because I always feel a need to give back to the communities that have provided so much for me growing up,” Ryan explains.

In terms of highlights, there isn’t anything specific however, “generally, the best part is putting smiles on people’s faces and helping in all sorts of ways that aren’t always medical.”

“I was raised in and still live in Porirua but volunteer in most areas across the region, which has also been great to see the different events that go on, and will hopefully resume soon now that life is a little less restrictive.”

Our Event Medics are at the heart of our community work. They cover a variety of sporting events, community fairs, live concerts, and more every single week. They also help train community groups in CPR and even back up our front line crews in emergencies.

Ryan explains that the team makes volunteering super easy to get involved while also making it work around all other commitments.

“I’m a paramedic student, so plenty of my own time is spent studying. But when I’m not studying, you can find me volunteering or on an outdoor adventure somewhere.”


Fancy joining Ryan and the Event Medic team? If you’re interested in volunteering with Wellington Free Ambulance can find more on our volunteer page.

If you’re keen to help your community, we would love to hear from you.



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