They serve more than four million people across the region, and now two of those people have said a very special thank-you to East Midlands Ambulance Service for their life-saving skills.
Simon Bakewell from Leicester suffered a heart attack while out walking with his family, just weeks after having a heart transplant. His heart stopped beating - but an off-duty crew managed to help bring him back to life. Callum Watkinson reports.
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Rain may be heavy in places but should clear to sunny intervals and scattered showers later in the day.
Rain quickly spreads from the west, turning heavy over the higher ground. Sheltered eastern spots will escape the worst of the rain.