I recently saw a post about those people who spend their nightshift deep cleaning ambulances and it got me thinking. There are so many unsung heroes, beavering away in the background of the emergency services, without whom it would all fall apart very quickly.
We rely on them, yet they rarely get a mention. So this post is for them.
For example, there’s our long suffering IT guys. Charged with trying to keep a massively complex system with more patches than a 1970’s bed throw running, they’re often there late into the night and not once have I seen them throw a computer – or one of us – out of the window! Without them, we’d be screwed. (Working on paper soon loses its novelty when you realise you’ve lost 2 of your ambulances and an SRV)
And, of course, where would we be without the workshop guys.
Those people that have to keep our often decrepit vehicles in one piece with a combination of speed tape, WD40, brute force and hope! Each time they limp into the garage, either under their own steam (or more likely, in a cloud of their own steam), the workshop guys sigh, mutter a few curse words under their breath, resist the urge to hit the usually innocent crew with a tyre wrench out of frustration and roll up their sleeves up and set to work.
Or, if by miracle, there’s a spare vehicle hanging around, they can bundle the crew into that one and hide the other behind the workshop in the hope it’ll a) disappear, b) spontaneously combust, c) fix itself.
And that’s without even mentioning the times we reverse them into things, accidentally “lose” bits of them – mirrors and such stuff- or God Forbid, lie them down to sleep.
I suppose I also ought to give scheduling a shout out too. Even though they did turn down my leave. AGAIN!!! I’m not bitter. Deep breath….
But the reality is, it must be a logistical nightmare.
Especially as we are so prone to getting hit, sick or hurt by the very nature of the job. I swear to God, half the time, we’re sicker than the people we’re being called out for. Yet still they have to keep things going. Vaguely.
Working with what little resources the government has left them. Juggling the multitude of grades and skill sets. Despite it all, I really don’t envy them. And somehow, they generally still a pretty jolly bunch.
Those are just a few of the “back room” guys. There are too many to mention. The cleaners. The building maintenance guys. The person that keeps fixing the barrier we keep driving into. (Sorry!)
Without them, we’d be lost. So despite our constant moaning, I just wanted to say we do appreciate you. And thank you!
Written by one of the many admins of Emergency Services Humour who is also a regular blogger in our fortnightly eMagazine ’S__ts & Giggles’ which you can sign up to by visiting our Facebook page and clicking on the ‘sign up’ button or by visiting: ShitsAndGiggles.Online
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