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A Life on the Line
A Life on the Line

A Life on the Line


160 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (CA $24.95) (US $18.95)

Publication Date: August 2019

ISBN 9781925642988

Rights: US & CA

Wilkinson Publishing (Aug 2019)

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When Darren Hodge was a kid, a big, white, sleek ambulance squatted like a lion in the driveway next door, always ready to go, and sometimes it did, roaring down the street. Today, he is a MICA Flight Paramedic with decades of varied experience in ‘a life of extremes’ in an Australian ambulance service. He does shifts at base on-call, and teaches another generation of paramedics now. He loves his job. A list of well-known events that includes Victoria’s Black Saturday Fires and the 2005 Bali Bombing – he was trying to get married when that call came in – marks two dark extremes. Technical matters – trauma treatment decisions, and the limits of aviation, for example, are explained. And this book includes the little things like the time the supermarket aisle was alive with the sound of music from an ex-patient’s kid’s lips: ‘Thanks for looking after Daddy.’ Darren couldn’t have put it better himself, and it made his heart sing.

Author Biography

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 fixed and rotary wing aircraft.