Rewarding experience for paramedic

Paramedic Will Selley, left, travelled to earthquake-hit Nepal with other volunteers to help in the relief effort
Paramedic Will Selley, left, travelled to earthquake-hit Nepal with other volunteers to help in the relief effort
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A PARAMEDIC has returned from disaster-hit Nepal.

Will Selley, who is part of South Central Ambulance Service’s and Hazardous Area Response Team, has returned from taking part in the rescue effort following the earthquake in Nepal on April 25.

Will volunteers for the charity Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters.

He formed part of a team of 16 that travelled 4,483 miles from Heathrow to Nepal in a bid to work alongside others to rescue people from the disaster hit areas.

Despite training in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) for almost nine years this was Will’s first deployment abroad in response to a natural disaster.

Once in the country the team was assigned a sector in the capital city of Kathmandu.

Will’s team joined forces with a German USAR dog team to increase their chances of finding more survivors.

They had to identify areas where people 
may still have been trapped in rubble.

As the only paramedic assigned to that specific sector, Will was not only responsible for any recovered casualties, but also for the health and well-being of his fellow teammates.

Will said: ‘It was a daunting but fulfilling experience to put years of training into practice.

‘The trip was very rewarding and I was glad that I could help.’