Crews disappointment as a ‘Park Manager’ tells the Medic’s that because their vehicle is a ‘commercial one’ then they ‘must leave’ the park
Tuesday 2nd August | by Cop(ex) | @ES_Humour
Our followers/readers will know, that we are passionate about giving a voice to members of the emergency services / NHS who would ordinarily not be able to voice their frustration.
Earlier on today, we received an anonymous (verified) message from a Medic who works for London Ambulance Service.
As anyone working in the Emergency Services will tell you, ‘downtime’ is incredibly rare – especially when working in our nations capital.
Indeed, I can recall many-a-time enduring a 12+ hour shift on my old 999 response team without being able to get a break, instead, just racing from call-to-call.
As is often the case, when a crew from the emergency services finish dealing with a call, then they will spend 5-10 minutes just having a break, and/or getting themselves ready for the next 999 call.
When you are out-and-about, then this can mean having a quick ‘pit-stop’ in or around a public space/area.
Most of the time, members of the public and other colleagues in the Civil Service will be happy to see you and will often come over to say ‘hello’.
In this particular case, however, the London Ambulance Service crew in question were in Regents Park trying to grab a few minutes of rare downtime in order to have a drink and some food before the next call.
However, their break was short-lived, as explained below:
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“This was taken yesterday in Regents Park whilst we had a rare break.
“The sun was shining and people were pleasant birds a singing.
“Until a “Park Manager’ approached us and asked if we were on a call.
“To which I replied we have just finished break and we are on call.
“To our dismay he turned round and told us to leave the park as we are not permitted in there as we (the ambulance) was a trade/commercial vehicle.
“We were not parked illegally.
“We were not blocking any gate ways /entrances or exits.
“He was rude and abrupt, and adamant that we were a trade vehicle.
“Unfortunately we were given a job and unable to prove him wrong that we were NOT a trade vehicle.
“Needless to say a letter will be sent to his boss describing this mans conduct towards HM Emergency Services.”
Here at Emergency Services Humour, we are always bemused when we hear about our colleagues being given the ‘cold shoulder’ treatment by fellow public servants.
The ambulance crew were not causing an obstruction; they weren’t in anyones way – they were simply having a rare 5 minutes of down-time before responding to the next emergency call.
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Surely, the ‘Park Manager’ could have just let the crew stay where they were?
Imagine, for example, if a visitor in the park needed the help of the emergency services – an ambulance would have been right there!
Especially when its as hot as it is at the moment and with all of the kids being off of school – the park must have been rammed.
We did try and get through to the Royal Parks PR Team in order to ask them to clarify what their stance is when it comes to emergency vehicles spending a few moments of ‘down-time’ in their parks, however, the number just went through to voicemail (we did leave a message).
We would merely ask, that if an ‘official’ spots an emergency vehicle in one of the public areas for which they are responsible, then they just let the emergency services crew have a few moments in order to get ready for their next call.
Its not too much to ask is it, when the brave men and women of the emergency services could be called upon at ANY moment to rush into unknown potentially life-threatening danger!
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