It's rare to see a career EMS provider in a long-term relationship with a completely non-EMS person.

Where I'm from, most paramedics have two jobs at minimum and work in excess of 60 hours a week.

So every workplace has its soap operas, but, subjectively speaking, I don't think I have ever seen an industry as inbred as ours.

I would argue that our numbers are higher--way higher. EMS and, by extension, emergency services in general, is such a unique environment that it requires its own skill-set to successfully navigate.

Partners know each other intimately on a personal and emotional level.

There are inside jokes, good days and bad, highs and lows that often have no real parallel in "outside" life.

The lesson to take from this is that it is statistically far more likely you will have some level of romantic relationship with a partner or co-worker at some point in the course of your career than of being hit by a meteor, or just about anything else. Know what the acronym used in studies for "extramarital sex" is? The idea of a workplace relationship, regardless of where that workplace happens to be, is usually deemed a bad idea.

However, in a career-focused society, you are more likely to meet someone from or related to your work environment than anywhere else. It's a simple matter of compatibility that comes with common territory.

It doesn't leave much time for traditional socializing.

Anyway, we suck at small talk; it always turns to work.

They work through hours of boredom with only each other for company, along with intense periods where they must work on, over and under each other with fierce intent in order to help save someone's life.