While residents have been busy celebrating Christmas with their families, Red Deer Emergency Services has been keeping watch.
Christmas Eve was “non stop,” said June Miller, a firefighter and paramedic who worked over the holiday season.
There were many calls about collisions on the QEII: “no big accidents, but just enough to keep us busy.”
About 31 firefighter medics worked on Christmas Day, in addition to about six dispatchers.
It isn’t easy being away from family on Christmas Day, but the employees say they are happy to do the job. To brighten the day, the families of those working were invited to the fire stations for brunch.
“Most fire halls try and do something like this because a lot of the guys spend time away from their families, which is really hard, especially if you have little kids at home,” said Miller.
“So what we like to do is bring the kids and the wives in, so you still get to spend some time with families.”