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No Break Christmas Day for First Responders

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December 25th is a day we spend months planning for, but you can't plan for everything.

"If you need to go to the hospital... you can't go without an ambulance, someone's gotta be here to take people and provide pre hospital care," said Gabriel Carducci, a paramedic at Emergycare.

Cardiac arrests and car accidents don't care what day it is, so ambulances are always ready for the unexpected.

"We can do anything in the ambulance for the most part that they can do in an emergency room setting," said Scott Caldwell, an Emergycare nurse. "We can intubate, we can maintain somebody on a ventilator."

They're even prepared for Christmas presents that might come a little early.

"I prefer not to deliver in the back of an ambulance," said Caldwell, "the best spot is in the hospital, but if it happens we are prepared for something like that."

Most people would prefer not to work on Christmas, but lucky for our community, many of Emergycare's responders put their holiday dinners on hold.

The crew we spoke with actually volunteered to work on Christmas. They said their coworkers are like a second family, so they don't mind working holidays.

"It's not bad... you get kind of a second family," said Carducci. "We get everything going, we cook, we always have meals, Thanksgivings are always good and Christmases are always good."

"I kind of think that because what we do, the fact that there's often times when we're in such high stress situations together, that it kind of bonds people together," said Caldwell.

The sirens continue to be a sign of hope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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