Britain's first female chief paramedic wants to blaze a trail for others

Britain’s first female chief paramedic has vowed to “blaze a trail” for young women working in emergency services and spoke of her “pride” at being appointed to the role in London. Pauline Cranmer was announced as chief paramedic for the London Ambulance Service (LAS) on May 29 following a 30-year career on the frontline in the capital. She succeeds Daniel Martin, who held the post for three years. Speaking to the Standard in her first interview since taking on the role, Ms Cranmer said that she wanted to act as a “role model” for young women working in emergency services. “When I joined the LAS more than 30 years ago, my station officers were all men and there were not many senior female leaders. That is why taking on this job is so important to me. “I am living proof that if you’ve got the passion, the opportunities are there for you. This senior executive paramedic role is the opportunity to blaze the trail for all those that come after me." She added: “Attitudes used to be very different. It wasn’t uncommon back then to have people raise an eyebrow if they saw that you were driving an ambulance rather than the man you were working with....

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