Ian Johns, Associate Director Clinical Operations and Lawrence Vincent, Duty Operations Manager, watching Joe deliver his powerful message.

Standing in front of a camera is something many paramedics have to do when a job they've worked on captures the interest of the media.

But one of our own was called upon recently to stand on one of the biggest stages of the moment and speak on behalf of all paramedics. His mission: educate the public on just how tough things are on the road since the latest COVID-19 outbreak began.

And he nailed it.

Acting Duty Operations Manager Joe Ibrahim was invited to speak at the daily conference alongside Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant and Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Joe has done his fair share of roadside grabs for a camera or two, but with dozens of journalists, endless cameras and microphones pointed at him from every direction, this was just a little more nerve-wracking.

"The press conference was one of the scariest things I have ever done, my legs were literally shivering," he said.

"That said, I was so honoured and humbled to be able to give the community a small insight into how hard paramedics are working and share some of the struggles."

The hugely positive feedback was fast and furious. Joe's genuine and heartfelt description of the current situation on the road for paramedics was praised universally.

In particular his personal story of a job where a teen blamed himself for his critically ill mum getting COVID touched people far and wide.

"The response from the entire organisation as well as the broader community has again been humbling,"
he said.

"I'm so proud to be a paramedic working with such an amazing team through the most difficult time in our careers."