Darren Hodge’s career in ambulance has been rich with opportunities. Only a few years had passed after qualifying as a paramedic and he was offered the opportunity to undertake intensive care training, known as MICA. He found the role at times challenging, but highly rewarding. Tenures at the different ambulance colleges unearthed a love of teaching that continues today and has spanned more than 25 years. Assisting paramedics to master their craft has been one of his most satisfying achievements. After 15 years as a paramedic he achieved his ultimate career goal after joining Air Ambulance, working on both fi xed and rotary wing aircraft.