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Ambulance Australia

Ambulance Australia is an Australian factual television program on Network 10 that follows the New South Wales and Queensland Ambulance Services, from the Triple Zero Control Centres to paramedics on the road.[1] It is based on the original UK factual series Ambulance.

Ambulance Australia
Opening title of "Ambulance Australia" television program.png
GenreFactual television
Based onAmbulance
Narrated byLisa Wilkinson
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Sarah Thornton
  • Tony De La Pena
  • Keely Sonntag
Producer(s)
  • Maria Handas
  • Natalie Green
Production location(s)Sydney, New South Wales
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time50—75 minutes
Production company(s)Endemol Shine Australia
DistributorEndemol Shine International
Release
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release16 October 2018 (2018-10-16) –
present
Chronology
Related shows
  • Ambulance Australia: Ultimate Emergencies
External links
Website
Production website

The show premiered on October 16, 2018,[2] and followed NSW Ambulance call-takers, dispatchers and paramedics as they faced high pressure situations on a daily basis. They are the first to respond to urgent and emergency calls, using their training and experience to make split second decisions that can mean the difference between life and death as they step into situations that can be emotionally fraught or physically dangerous. Filming for Season 1 occurred in mostly metropolitan areas of Sydney.

The show was renewed for a second season, which premiered on Tuesday 26 February 2019.[3] A special three-episode season called Ambulance Australia: Ultimate Emergencies premiered on Sunday 8 September 2019, with some of the worst emergencies of the first and second seasons.[4]

A third season was renewed on 22 September 2019, filming with the Queensland Ambulance Service, to showcase the "Sunshine State's" paramedics and their crucial work in the state with the highest number of responses to medical incidents every year.[5] It will premiere in early 2020.[5]

International distributionEdit

In 2019, Season 1 of the series is aired on TVNZ 2 in New Zealand and TVNZ On Demand, the same week as Australia airing the week after the corresponding episode in season 2.[6]

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 16 October 2018 (2018-10-16) 4 December 2018 (2018-12-04)
2 8 26 February 2019 (2019-02-26) May 30, 2019 (2019-05-30Tdf-y)
3 TBC 2019 (2019)
S 3 8 September 2019 (2019-09-08) 22 September 2019 (2019-09-22)

Season 1 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateAUS viewers
11"Episode 1"16 October 2018 (2018-10-16)638,000[7]
Follow Sydney Ambulance workers from the call takers to the paramedics on the scene. Tonight paramedics rush to help a pregnant woman who has gone into labour after a car accident.
22"Episode 2"23 October 2018 (2018-10-23)734,000[8]
A woman falls off a 15-meter cliff. A rookie paramedic faces a confronting case. A catastrophic crash threatens the life of a beloved husband. A young son is trapped seizing in a bathroom.
33"Episode 3"30 October 2018 (2018-10-30)673,000[9]
A shortage in ambulances. Long wait times for patients heading to Liverpool Hospital. A horrific motor vehicle accident. Brain injury. A house fire. Suspected domestic violence. All this in the day-in-the-life of a paramedic.
44"Episode 4"6 November 2018 (2018-11-06)605,000[10]
A call taker tries to revive a hanging patient over the phone when the family's given up. A heart attack turns into a race against the clock. A gruesome double stabbing pushes the limits of the team.
55"Episode 5"13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)600,000[11]
It is not an ordinary Sunday for NSW Ambulance, as eighty thousand people hit the streets in Sydney's annual City2Surf. Paramedics drive through the crowds to locate someone in trouble. A deadly drug overdose and a drunk and enraged ice addict - all this in a day in the life of a paramedic.
66"Episode 6"20 November 2018 (2018-11-20)618,000[12]
In this episode we see the highest possible medical intervention, while a legally blind patient with PTSD vents his frustration for the lack of hours for home care aid, while a spike in GHB and cocaine overdose cases sends late-night crew into action during a blood moon Friday night.
77"Episode 7"27 November 2018 (2018-11-27)731,000[13]
It is the start of a regular workday in Australia's most populated city for most, but no day as an Australian paramedic is ordinary, and this particular weekday shift soon turns to carnage. Laura begins her final shift as an emergency dispatcher. A spike of motor vehicle accident, and in the morning, they had to save on of their own as Laura, now a paramedic trainee, suffers severe asthma attack at the State Ambulance HQ.
88"Episode 8"4 December 2018 (2018-12-04)734,000[14]
A new crop of ambulance dispatcher are trained and mentored, when a former paramedic, now a dispatcher trainee, overhears another trainee is guiding through a man to take care of wife and baby after they delivered his own daughter. Laura, having recovered and completed her trainings, is on her first shift as a paramedic trainee, and starts life at the front lines, attending to an airline passenger with chest pain, but cannot speak English, and no Mandarin Chinese-English interpreter in sight, but was found by ECG to be at risk of having a heart attack due to pre-existing conditions. Brian, the intensive care Operations Manager, has to perform a workplace rescue for a man who had a bad fall at scaffolding, but navigating a construction building with poor access is proving to be a challenge. Laura and Brian's second call-out is a life-or-death situation for a 90-year-old patient. Initially a false medical alarm, turns out to be pre-myocardial infarction due to arterial blockage, yet she remains combative and refusing medical help. Another 90-year-old suffers a cardiac arrest in a life-or-death rescue, putting a 32-year veteran to the test. While she made it to hospital, she died later that day, with the family managing to bid their farewells.

Season 2 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateAUS viewers
91"Episode 1"26 February 2019 (2019-02-26)379,000[15]
Ambulance Australia follows people in the business of saving lives, going beyond the flashing lights to the heart and soul of heroes.
102"Episode 2"5 March 2019 (2019-03-05)366,000[16]
Ambulance Australia follows people in the business of saving lives, going beyond the flashing lights to the heart and soul of heroes.
113"Episode 3"12 March 2019 (2019-03-12)393,000[17]
The crews attend the scene of an explosion at a worksite, which has left three men with burns and smoke inhalation, a motor vehicle accident involving two cars, a young girl who has fallen from a horse, and a man with a sore finger. Sisters Sam and Tammie receive a surprise when a suspected deceased patient is found alive and well.
124"Episode 4"19 March 2019 (2019-03-19)405,000[18]
This episode focuses on the Duty Operations Managers (DOMS). Mick attends a suspected terrorist incident at a consulate, newly promoted Joe goes to the scene of a factory explosion that has left one man with 40 per cent burns to his body. Brian recalls the Victoria fires as he treats firefighters at a north western Sydney bushfire.
135"Episode 5"26 March 2019 (2019-03-26)413,000[19]
With an emergency phone call every ten seconds, it is Australia's biggest night: New Year's Eve! The ambulance service is stretched to its limits and then something terrible occurs at the worst possible time: a cardiac arrest...
146"Episode 6"2 April 2019 (2019-04-02)363,000[20]
Ambulance Australia follows people in the business of saving lives, going beyond the flashing lights to the heart and soul of heroes.
157"Episode 7"23 May 2019 (2019-05-23)400,000[21]
Paramedics are called to a bomb threat at Sydney Airport, while good friends Mosh and Karen are called to a 35-week pregnant woman who has not felt her baby move in 10 hours and has severe bleeding.
168"Episode 8"30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)370,000[22]
It is one of the busiest days of the year for paramedics, Australia Day. Faced with an increase in alcohol related calls Sam and Tammy attend to a man passed out in the middle of the road in his car.

Season 3 (2020)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateAUS viewers
201"Episode 1"2020 (2020)TBD
212"Episode 2"2020 (2020)TBD

Ambulance Australia: Ultimate Emergencies Special SeasonEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateAUS viewers
171"Episode 1"8 September 2019 (2019-09-08)249,000[23]
Behind the lights and sirens of Ambulance Australia the paramedics face their toughest and most touching emergency call outs.
182"Episode 2"15 September 2019 (2019-09-15)272,000[24]
Behind the lights and sirens of Ambulance Australia the paramedics face their toughest and most touching emergency call outs.
193"Episode 3"22 September 2019 (2019-09-22)269,000[25]
Behind the lights and sirens of Ambulance Australia the paramedics face their toughest and most touching emergency call outs.

ReferencesEdit

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