Name: Mark Jones
Lives: : Great Boughton, Chester
Job: Offshore paramedic
Born: St Asaph, Denbighshire
Education: Hawarden High School, Liverpool John Moores University
Family life: Married to Saffron with a son Joachim
My day: I am currently working offshore Malaysia and in the past 18 months, I have been to Brazil, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, the Panama Canal and the Arctic Circle. I have crossed the Equator three times.
My day starts at 6:30am, I have some breakfast, check emails then meet the captain and chief officer on the bridge to discuss any issues for the day ahead.
I have a chat with the various departments to ensure everyone is fit and well. I run a primary healthcare clinic every morning and afternoon if any crew member has a health concern or if they just need a chat they come and see me. I am responsible for health and hygiene onboard: water testing, galley inspections, crew first aid training and medical supplies ordering. Lunch is at 11:30am and this a good time to catch up with crew mates. In the afternoon I usually phone home due to the seven hour time difference – we are dependent on satellite communications and if the weather is bad it can be difficult to contact home. After calling home I carry out training sessions for the ships First Aid Team then general administration. Around 4pm, I take fitness training class on the helicopter deck.
Evening meal is at 5.30pm then it’s time to visit the various departments to ensure everyone is well. My day usually ends around 7pm.
Dress: Hi-visibility overalls, safety boots, glasses and gloves if I am on the work deck: survival suit, life jacket and personal locator beacon if going out on the small boats.
What is the favourite part of your job? Travelling, seeing very remote parts of the world, meeting people from different countries (21 nationalities onboard). Most favourite is seeing my wife at the airport when I get home.
What is the least favourite part of your job? Leaving home every five weeks. Not being able to leave the boat due to bad weather. Airports!
What would be your dream job if you weren't doing what you do now? I would be part of an elite 5 Star hotel inspection team with my wife getting paid to travel the world staying in luxury hotels as mystery guests -if only.
How do you relax when you are not working? Spending time with family, holidays, riding my motorcycle.
What is your favourite film? Star Wars.
What is your favourite book? Any military history book.
What is your favourite song? One Better Day - Madness.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? I would like to say George Clooney – but my friends would say more likely to be Mickey Rooney.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame? Had around 10 minutes when our wedding in Las Vegas was broadcast on the world wide web. I am still working on the other five!
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