Photo Essay: Watching over us
Southland Times chief photographer Robyn Edie spent a day and night shift with the St John Ambulance Green Watch crew at the Invercargill station.
She found it inspiring to watch them at work, dealing with the constant buzz and movement, as callout after callout came from the communications centre.
The staff showed incredible dedication and thoroughness on every call, no matter how trivial or serious.
Robyn was impressed by the compassion they showed to their patients, and their ability to to put them at ease and empathise with them in what were often difficult situations.
This group of ambulance officers hail from varied careers, backgrounds and life experiences but have found themselves drawn to the occupation whether it be caring for their patients amid constant challenges thrown up by each job or the fact that every day appears to be different from the last.
They also love being part of a tight-knit team, almost like a second family.