Is it a lifesaver or a lifesaver

Emergency paramedic Marie Praß Cuenca sits next to a heart attack patient in the ambulance. You are on your way to the hospital. At the last minute, the BRK emergency paramedic and her colleague Martin Noß were able to save the man from death through first aid measures. He had stopped breathing for a brief moment, his heart stopped beating. Now he is lying on the couch, connected to an EKG and IV, and Praß Cuenca talks to him soothingly.

Such missions are part of everyday life for paramedics. With the series of reports "Lifesavers up close - When every second counts" from the Sat. 1 channel, viewers can now also see what the lifeguards are doing every day. The program is broadcast every Monday at 8.15 p.m. Teams from all over Germany are accompanied on their missions. Guard manager Martin Noß and his deputy Marie Praß Cuenca from the BRK rescue station in Gröbenried were filmed at work by the film team on a total of six shifts. Cameras were installed in the ambulance and the two paramedics were equipped with body cameras so that every movement and every word could be recorded. Consent forms were obtained from the patients. "The shooting was a completely new experience for us. It was a lot of fun, even if it made our working day longer," reports Marie Praß Cuenca.

She and her colleague were impressed by the professionalism of the film team. "The cameramen and editors were so cautious that they did not interfere with our work," said the paramedic. "The report presents our work in a lifelike manner. That is very positive, as we do not get the same level of publicity as the police or fire brigade, for example," adds Martin Noß, who has headed the rescue station in Markt Indersdorf for four years. The colleagues in the station are also enthusiastic. "We only got positive feedback," said Praß Cuenca.

The two of them are most pleased that they appear "confident and authentic". From the point of view of the helpers, the television broadcast is all the more valuable as the increased number of corona infections is also presenting the BRK rescue services with ever greater challenges. The virus made working conditions more difficult. Among the emergency trips are now significantly more trips with suspected corona. "The suspected cases are steadily increasing and also come true," said Noß. It is therefore an increasing problem to accommodate patients in hospitals. "The clinics are slowly filling up and we have to switch to other hospitals," reports Martin Noß. This increased the transport times. Additional transports would be supported by the emergency response groups (SEG). The number of staff is still sufficient, although some employees are in quarantine, assures Noß. "We are happy for every paramedic and paramedic who is on duty." BRK district manager Paul Polyfka adds: "I am very pleased that we were selected to be able to present the capabilities of the BRK rescue service as well as the kindness and complexity of the job in such a professional manner."

Praß Cuenca and Noß are particularly proud of one mission: Father and son had an appointment for dinner. When the son arrived, the father, who was sitting in a wheelchair, could no longer be approached. The rescuers called for help were able to help the man immediately. "His pulse was barely measurable. But we managed to get him to sit awake and responsive in the ambulance," says Praß Cuenca happily. The third season of the show has now been shot - with the Dachauers as the only team from Bavaria.

The report will be broadcast under the title "The Calm Before the Storm" on Monday, November 9th at 8:15 pm on Sat.