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What they don’t tell you about being a CFR!

When you sign up as a CFR, there are certain things that you expect to experience. Before you get into it, you expect it to be drama all the way, with CPR-a-plenty. It’s not like that, dear reader. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely exciting and, at times, busy, and it’s always great to see the relief on peoples’ faces when you arrive.

But that’s not what this is about. This post is about the stuff that you really don’t expect.

Imagine, if you will, sitting in your open plan office. A colleague receives a text message. You shit yourself. Their phone has the same text alert as your responder phone (and remember, you’re not on call, so you’re not able to take the call that isn’t coming).

You’re watching a TV programme. A phone rings. You shit yourself. Same ringtone.

It’s going to be an interesting conversation with the counsellor when the PTSD settles in in 10 years or so!


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