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Mannequin challenge shows a day in life of B.C. paramedics

The mannequin challenge has been dominating our social feeds of late, with fun moments from Ellen DeGeneres at the White House and Taylor Switft at a beach party. But here's a more serious take on it from the B.C. Emergency Health Services.

Vancouver paramedic Allen Pruden says the scene recreates plausible scenarios

B.C. Health Emergency Services personnel recreated a plausible scenario for the mannequin challenge. (Provincial Health Services Authority/YouTube)

The mannequin challenge has been dominating our social feeds of late, with fun moments from Ellen DeGeneres at the White House and Taylor Switft at a beach party

But here's a more serious take on it from the B.C. Emergency Health Services. 

Vancouver paramedic Allen Pruden said he got the idea when he saw one of his friends who works at a New York fire department do it, so he got together some colleagues to recreate a plausible scene for B.C. frontline workers. 

The YouTube video shows paramedics arriving at the scene of a crisis and treating a construction worker with a crowbar injury. All the while a shocked family looks on, and a bystander takes a selfie. The video then pans to inside an ambulance where a patient is getting CPR. 

"We wanted it to be real, but not real," Pruden said, which is why they included the bystander taking a selfie.

"It's just a reality of working in today's society," he said.

But as serious as the video is, perhaps one of the most memorable moments is when a young boy cheekily looks up at the camera filming him. 

"You can prep all you want, but what can you do when you have an eight-year-old," Pruden said, laughing. 

Now he says he would like to see other front line workers in Vancouver take on the mannequin challenge. 

"Game on, Vancouver police and fire."

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