It was just another ‘typical’ day at Emergency Services Humours’ International Headquarters. One of our Admins was checking the ESH inbox, and came across a link that was sent into us by an oppo (colleague). Upon clicking on the link, it sent us to a video that Mr Russell Brand had filmed. In the video (posted on his Facebook Page), Mr Brand was wearing a Medic’s fleece, and a green beanie hat with the word ‘Ambulance’ embroidered onto the front of it.
Now (notwithstanding the fact that there is probably a Medic Oppo out there somewhere, wondering where their uniform is), Mr Brand made the cardinal error that most people outside of the ‘family’ (emergency services personnel) make: referring to Medic’s (collectively) as AMBULANCE DRIVERS!!!
If you are reading this, but you are not a part of ‘the family’ then you may wonder why this is seen as a massive fupar by the HUGE emergency services fraternity. Well, aside from the fact that Jeremy Hunt likes to refer to the large amount of professional, highly trained and highly skilled men and women of the Ambulance Service as ‘ambulance drivers’, our oppos in green do not just f**king drive ambulances!
They save people’s lives! They do not ‘drive ambulances’ as a profession ffs! Yes, they use a f@@king ambulance to get to their life-saving emergency calls, but its a bit of a tall order to ask someone who is not conscious to make their own way to A&E!
Do we call Police Officers “cars-which-have-the-word-police-on-them-drivers!? no! Do we call firefighters “big-red-appliances-filled-with-water-drivers”!? no! Do we call Lifeboatmen & women “rigid-inflatable-boat-drivers” or “gucci-offshore-all-weather-boat-drivers”!? no!
And why dont we call the aforementioned groups of oppos the ridiculous terms which I have just typed? Because anyone with an ounce of common sense, understands that your job is NOT defined by the f@@king mode of transport that you use to GET TO YOUR JOB!!!
So, if you are in the public eye, and you want to refer (collectively) to our oppos manning the Thin Green Line, then please call them ‘Medic’s’ (or maybe ‘heroes’?) but do not refer to them as f@@king “ambulance drivers”!
Otherwise, like Mr Hunt, you may be destined for a lifetime of dis-engagement with the brave men and women who spend their lives trying to save the lives of others!
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