ON DUTY: Working Christmas day will be Warwick paramedics (from left) Anna Bowman, Jason Lockyer, Merv Bray and Kim Underwood, with Queensland University of Technology paramedic student Richard Lang and Warwick Ambulance Station acting officer-in-charge Troy Haley.
ON DUTY: Working Christmas day will be Warwick paramedics (from left) Anna Bowman, Jason Lockyer, Merv Bray and Kim Underwood, with Queensland University of Technology paramedic student Richard Lang and Warwick Ambulance Station acting officer-in-charge Troy Haley. Sophie Lester

Warwick paramedics: ‘Have a drink for us this Christmas’

CHRISTMAS is touted as a time for family, but for some of the dedicated Warwick Ambulance Station paramedics, December 25 is just another day on the job.

Merv Bray will spend his 30th Christmas with the ambulance service this year and said he had spent more Christmas days working than at home.

"The thing is somebody's got to do it, and it's more important that people with young kids have the time off if possible," Mr Bray said.

"Our roster is a rotating roster so it's just the luck of the draw if you haven't applied for holidays, though ideally we try to share it around."

Mr Bray said there had been some good memories working over the festive season.

"We used to take some residents from nursing homes to their families for Christmas and even though it kept us busier, it was nice to see them home for Christmas," he said. "Christmas Day is generally less eventful than other days, though as we all know we can't predict things, but generally while we're in the station I would lounge back and relax."

Anna Bowman will be Mr Bray's offsider, spending her second Christmas in a row away from family.

"It is a little bit sad to be away from family - we do have fun at work but it is hard to be away," she said.

"Last year we had a lunch at the station and some of our families came in for a big group lunch."

Even though relaxing is allowed, the usual Christmas drinks are a no-go for paramedics on duty.

"We have to have a zero alcohol reading and because we're on call Christmas night, we can't drink at all on Christmas," Mr Bray said.

"We just hope everyone has a merry Christmas without overindulging, enjoys their day and has a drink for us."



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