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Christmas all work for dedicated paramedics

CHRISTMAS JOB: Paramedics Steve Kliese and Julie Tyne will be working on Christmas Day.
CHRISTMAS JOB: Paramedics Steve Kliese and Julie Tyne will be working on Christmas Day. Claudia Baxter

CHRISTMAS Day celebrations are locked in for most family and friends well before December - except for members of Ipswich's emergency services.

For Ipswich's QAS paramedics Steve Kliese and Julie Tyne Christmas Day is like any other, and tomorrow they will begin a 12-hour shift at 7am.

It is all in the line of duty for paramedics who do their best to pass on the Christmas spirit to their patients.

Mr Kliese has two children and leaving the festivities behind and heading off to work can be tough.

"It always seems like I'm working. You miss out on the whole day and if you get a late job it might be later than that," he said.

I've been in the job for 25 years and you don't know what's going to happen with the roster. Whether you're working the day or night shifts or whether you have it off.

Mr Kliese makes the most of what is left of Christmas after his shift finishes.

"We're lucky enough that my in-laws' family, we have always celebrated on Christmas Eve," he said.

But the Ipswich crew, accustomed to spending long shifts with each other, take the chance to celebrate Christmas among themselves.

At work we celebrate with what I call my other family. We are pretty tight-knit group and we try and pass on the Christmas spirit to all our patients.

Ms Tyne has family in Melbourne and typically Boxing Day is her family's day for celebrating.

"I knew this would be part of it, but my partner is an ambo as well in Ipswich. I haven't really had a Boxing Day with my family for three years," she said.

They both agree Christmas night is much more problematic than earlier in the day.

"The mornings are usually quiet and then the food and drink appear," Mr Kliese said.

And people appreciated them.

"Everywhere we go to we are always helping people. If they are in pain we relive the pain, and if they feel sick we can make them feel better."

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