Friday, 29 March 2013
Book review: Sirens
So not entirely what I was expecting but an interesting read all the same, and as I mainly do my reading in small chunks on public transport anyway, the blog post format was a quite good match to that and I could read a couple of unconnected incidents from his shifts at a time. (Now why isn't there a lucrative market for publishing out-of-date online theatre reviews?) It's a pretty informative book, and though Reynolds seems to love his job deep down, it mainly causes frustration. It's saddening how the majority of calls are time-wasting in one way or another, and that even the existence of fast-response cars that can get to an incident faster than an ambulance isn't actually primarily for the sake of saving lives (a vehicle being small enough to get through traffic quickly also means it's too small to carry any significant amount of equipment) but to meet the government response-time targets that decide whether a service gets more funding or not, irrespective of how well the actual work is being done.