Although born in Easington County Durham, Les Pringle spent his first eight years in Ratho, south-west of Edinburgh. His father's subsequent career moves led Les and his family on a whistle-stop tour of England before eventually settling in Birmingham when Les was in his mid-teens.
He joined Birmingham's Metropolitan Ambulance Service in 1977 for little more reason than it seemed a good idea at the time. That good idea led to three, unbroken decades of round the clock emergency work. He is the holder of the Queen's Medal for Long and Exemplary Service.
Les has two children and still lives in Birmingham with his wife, Marie-Madeleine.