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When Craig Ballard wakes up, he knows he has to be prepared to save a life. Whether at 3 p.m. or in the dead of night, a typical shift for Craig begins whenever help is needed — as a hospital emergency room technician, an on-call firefighter and emergency technician intern. OSRAM SYLVANIA is celebrating the everyday heroes working The Light Shift™, and we’re following Craig as he shares his story from the driver’s seat.
“There is a unique camaraderie among night shift workers. We joke around just as hard as we work to keep the mood light and I’ve made some of my best friendships with the people I’ve met through my college public safety programs.
In my experience, the crew at night is usually younger and more efficient because the shifts are busier than they are during the day. And we do have our share of challenges. You never have what is considered a normal schedule, but you still need to be fresh and ready to focus as if you woke up with the sun rise.
Driving at night can be tough too and it’s critical we can see well. My crew and I realize on a nightly basis how important headlights are to our safety and to the safety of those we are assisting. Whether it’s our headlights or those of oncoming traffic, it is important they function properly so that we aren’t distracted and our focus remains on the road. We are always in a hurry to get to a scene or to the hospital so being able to see is crucial. When headlights are burnt out, are too bright or not bright enough, we notice right away.
I love the flexible schedule and challenges of my job. I enjoy taking calls in the middle of the night and having to dash off to the next encounter. It’s just one aspect of the job that sets it apart and I like that not everyone gets to do what I do.”
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