The Christmas Day shift for emergency workers

CHRISTMAS Day is a time for celebration for most people but many emergency service workers sacrificed time with family to keep the community safe.

Police, ambulance officers and firefighters all work throughout the holidays in what is usually their busiest time of the year.

At the Caboolture Fire and Ambulance station those rostered on for the Christmas Day shifts tried to make work as festive as possible.

Caboolture Fire Station officer Mark Strickland said both Fire and Ambulance crews would have tried to get together for lunch but it always depended on the day.

"Nothing is relative we have good days and bad days," he said.

"Historically we have Christmas Day lunch. Usually the shift that's on the family comes in and organise Christmas lunch and the ambos get involved as well and we have a big station lunch."

Caboolture Ambulance Station officer-in-charge Antoinette Woods the ambos always enjoyed the meal put on by the firies.

"We're fortunate in that we share our space with the fire personnel and they have a barbecue and invite QAS to attend," she said.

"There's always a variety of food available if we get the chance to come back to the station."

Caboolture Police Station senior constable Vivienne Prescott said her station would have also tried to fit in a Christmas meal as a team.

"Usually we all organise between us to bring a plate and we just put the food together in the meal room and a little bit of decorations," she said.

"When we're not on the road doing something we try to come in and do lunch or dinner.

"Night duty will do a morning breakfast when they finish, morning shift try to do lunch and evening try to do dinner."

She said the crew would work their meal around jobs.

"The day time is pretty good and we usually get time to all come in. Late shift is a little bit busier so one crew will eat a little bit and then go back out."

Caboolture Fire Station officer Mark Strickland urged people to stay safe for the rest of the holidays.

"Stay safe. Don't speed, don't drink drive. We don't want to meet on the road," he said.

Source: Caboolture News

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