Born and bred city-sider Dan Pacchiarotta has swapped the streets of Sydney for a year in the bush as a trainee paramedic.
The 26-year-old completed a Bachelor of Paramedicine in September 2018 and a year later, he undertook a five-week induction at the Ambulance Education Centre in Roselle.
Mr Pacchiarotta said about 600 graduated and competed for only 250 places. He was one of the lucky ones, securing a place at the Gunnedah Ambulance Station and starting last week.
He said he was drawn to paramedicine "quite young".
"I liked the medical field but I didn't think working indoors would suit me, so I thought paramedicine would be the way to go," he said.
The trainee is in the right place to learn because there the crew there have about 130 years of experience between them.
"We've got a good crew and really good clinical experience here," station manager Scott Clarke said.
While trainees assigned to metropolitan attend more call-outs, Mr Clarke said trainees at regional stations had the advantage of variety and more time with patients.
Mr Clarke said the station had been "identified as a good training ground" and for the best part of five years, a trainee paramedic had been working there.
Mr Pacchiarotta is the second trainee to join the station this year - Maddi Lisle joined in January and will head off to another station in January 2020.
The Sydney-sider always has a mentor with him and said he had "already learnt a heap".
"I like meeting new people. I like the complexity of the job ... and the changing dynamic of it," he said.