It is late and I am past the point of being tired. I’m trying to finish up the last of my blogging so I can head to bed….
That leads to a perfect point of topic for this blogpost….. Fatigue.
One of the most important things to safety is being sure that you are getting plenty sleep. It’s not just the quantity of sleep you get that is important but the quality of that sleep as well. Getting 8-10 hours doesn’t mean anything if you’ve been tossing and turning restlessly or been up & down a bunch of times. a fatigued mind is apt to make mistakes and errors in judgement.
One thing that is coming into question is the suitability of the old 24 hour work shifts for Fire and EMS and the role they play in Firefighter/Paramedic fatigue and, ultimately, their safety. While on the one hand 24 hour shifts have been the way for many years and leads to a sense of having a second family (as you work with your crew for 24 hours at a time), on the other working (or at least being on duty) 24 straight hours leads to disrupted sleep and fatigue. Already many, if not most, ambulance services are no longer running 24 hour shifts but are going to 10-12 hour shifts.
Stay Alert, Stay Safe….. And make sure you are getting plenty of rest.