A PARAMEDIC is hoping for a warm welcome when he meets ambulance crews working in the icy climate of the Arctic circle.
Lee Winterbottom has jetted out to learn how medical teams cope with conditions in Alaska.
He will spend five weeks touring the area and speak with staff at ambulance stations across the US state.
Lee, 35, from Wallasey, is hoping to pick up tips on techniques for treating patients in difficult conditions.
"This is a great opportunity to learn how other people in the same job adapt to conditions. It is a very different place to work than what I am used to and they will have different ideas.
"The trip involves meeting several ambulance crews and I am sure there will be things to pick up from all of them.
"I have been really looking forward to going to Alaska."
Lee's trip was organised by the Rotary club and also in the party are a policeman, university lecturer and health officer.
The journey will see them stop in a selection of cities in Alaska such as Barrow, which is 70 miles within the Arctic circle.
Lee, based at Ellesmere Port, will compile a report of his time in North America.
The ideas he learns will be looked at by Mersey ambulance service who will decide if any can be put into operation.
Lee added: "I will have some great memories but a lot of it will be work.
"I would like to think they can learn from the things we do in Merseyside and Cheshire.
"During the trip, I will be doing presentations about our procedures and it is great to swop information with paramedics on the other side of the world."