A typical day/night would start with a thorough check of equipment and vehicle, arranging with your colleague about your roles during the shift, and preparing to "hit the road" as soon as your shift starts, that is usually dead on the start time, and out you go, fully prepared for the next 12 hours to be non-stop. I learned almost everything I know during 17 years on the front-line, it has been an education on life. There were good and not so good managers, those that were well respected and those that weren't. The workplace culture was one mostly of support from colleagues, but also one of low-moral, which was born out of the constant pressure of target times and performance. The hardest part of the job was the demand, it was relentless, little or no down time, rarely had meal breaks, often off late, travel time to and from work was often 1-2 hours, which made the day very long. The most enjoyable part of the job was working alongside and being part of some of the most dedicated, professional and wonderful people, serving the public and delivering first class care.
long shifts, extremely busy
fantastic experiences dealing with everything and anything, great place to learn