Cairns paramedics will be on hand over Christmas
WHILE tucking into your turkey or feasting on prawns or pudding tomorrow, spare a thought for these two paramedics.
Amy Craike and Scott Davidson are among various shift workers around the region who have drawn the rostering short straw with a 12-hour shift on Christmas Day.
And while father-of-two Scott is disappointed not to be spending the day with his young family, he reckons there are definitely worse things he could be doing.
"It's just one of the sacrifices you make for the job you love," he said.
"I just started at the beginning of the year. You never know what you're going to get and it keeps you on your toes."
The former hospitality worker said he was well acquainted with working odd hours so tomorrow's shift would be nothing new.
Amy has been in the service for several years, so is no stranger to holiday shifts, and just hoped the day remained incident-free.
"Accidents are not uncommon with people trying to rush around to try and see everyone, but hopefully not this year," she said. "I don't mind the Christmas shift."
The pair will begin their shift at 6.30am today. working until they hand over the ambulance reins at 6.30pm.
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Making a sacrifice: Cairns paramedics Amy Craike and Scott Davidson are working 12-hour shifts on Christmas Day. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS