Earlier on this morning, we came across the following message that had been sent into us via our website:
“So beyond angry at the public’s ignorance…
Just had this left on my FRU whilst attending a CAT 2 (v genuine) collapsed patient – in a narrow dead end street, I deliberately left the space o/s patients house for the truck.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE??? (Bet they wouldn’t care where I parked if it was them or their relative)”
Personally, I think that one of the underlying issues here, is that the people who leave these handy parking tips on emergency vehicles, have no concept or regard of the notion of ‘helping others’.
Being a former Copper, I have not driven an emergency vehicle larger than the Met’s Station Vans (Ford Transit)
But the person who left this note clearly thinks that rather than saving the life of a patient, then the crew should have taken an extra 3-4 minutes in order to carry out a text-book parallel park whilst their patient fought for their life only several metres away…
This kind of ‘rationale’ defies belief.
I actually find it hard to comprehend how anyone can think that their trip to the local shops, is more important than someone elses life.
I am clearly no genius, and although I like to think that I have a fair amount of common sense, moulded by my service in both the emergency services and the military, I cannot grasp why anyone cannot process the fact that someone’s life is more important, than convenient parking.
As our colleague has said in their original message, can you imagine the s__t storm that would ensue, if the crew had spent an extra 5 minutes parking their vehicle conveniently, only for the patient to then pass away?
Imagine the uproar and ‘demands for justice’ statements which would be made, if the family of the deceased found out that their loved one had passed away, because the emergency ambulance crew, who were only several metres away, were too busy trying to find a nice parking spot, so as not to offend an idiot who thinks that their need to get somewhere, is more important than a fellow human beings right to life.
Needless to say, that the ‘illustrator’ behind the detailed drawing featured in this article, will be recognised for their stupidity in the next issue of our subscriber-only eMagazine, under the suitably entitled ‘Darwin Award’ section.
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