Chapter 1: Understanding the work
To see the job on TV, it’s all about heroes, gratitude, drinking and sex. People need to know it’s just not like that. – Canadian paramedic
The work life of a paramedic is very different from that of most people. The general public's view of a paramedic's role and day-to-day experiences is influenced to some extent by the media. However, TV dramas usually distort the real nature of paramedic work.
You may have some general ideas about the job – responding to emergency calls, providing medical treatment, and transporting to hospital. This chapter will help you to separate the myths from the realities.