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Ambulance crew experience the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ side of the general public whilst working a busy shift
When you sign up for the emergency services, you know that you are probably going to experience both extreme highs and equally-as-extreme lows whilst dealing with the sort of incidents most people will only ever read about.
We have shared quite a few stories since we started our WordPress site back in Oct ’17 which highlight both the ‘good’ times and the ‘not-so-good times’ experienced by the brave men and women up and down the country who dedicate their lives to helping complete strangers.
And we hear from our colleagues on a daily basis as they share with us their most ‘intimate’ experiences of life on the various ‘thin lines’ of the emergency services.
Only this morning (30.04.18) did we receive a message via our website sent into us by an ambulance crew that had a perfect example of what makes ‘the job’ one of the best and also one of the hardest professions out there.
Our Oppos (colleagues) told us that:
“So after a rubbish start to our shift where we got shouted at and abused for daring to block a small dead end street to respond to an emergency, we later had a guy come up to us outside A&E and offer us a doughnut each to say thank you and that we’re under-appreciated!
He had a big bag full of doughnuts he’d just bought to give to [ambulance crews] and the A&E staff in the hospital!
Really nice gesture and made our shift a bit nicer (Half is missing already because my crew mate couldn’t wait to eat her’s)”.
Our ‘informant’ continued: “We were in Ashton-Under Lyne in Manchester.
The call was a Cat2 emergency (second highest needing response as soon as possible) that had been referred by a GP following a phone call with the [patient].
We were inside assessing the patient when we heard somebody repeatedly leaning on their horn outside.
We actually went out straight away to move it as we’d assessed they weren’t that poorly after all.
There was another couple sticking up for us saying we might be on an emergency, and he was shouting that we still dont have the right to park illegally.
As I walked over he continued in the same manner at me.
Then as I moved it further down the street he drove as close as possible all the while leaning on his horn still, then got out and walked over shouting and bawling about us parking illegally and having no right etc.
I explained we were responding to an emergency call and need (and are legally allowed) to park wherever we need to for access to the patient and to get them out quickly, and we then move as soon as we can.
But he didn’t seem that interested, and informed me he’d be reporting me🙄.
I should also add, that he was trying to get into this dead end street, and after all this fuss and agro he moved his car maybe only 100yards further down the road!
During all of this there was another car trying to get out of the street, and not a cheep out of them!”.
We have a HUGE selection of personalised kit bags (with any of the ‘thin line emblems’) and an equally huge selection of heavily discounted general purpose bags!
Stories such as this one makes us wonder where the people who shout abuse at ambulance crews have been for the last few months?
Whilst they are clearly devoid of ANY common sense, we would have thought that they might have picked up on just how silly they make themselves look by their actions from reading all of the many stories out there about how ambulance crews do not have the time to find parking spaces!!
Maybe these people (the types that shout abuse at ambulance crews) believe that their right to move along in their vehicle is more important that the right of a patient to live?
Do these individuals REALLY believe that ambulance crews, who are on 999 calls, should spend the time looking for a parking space BEFORE helping their patient?
We would like to think that the answer would be ‘no’, but in truth, I think we all realise that there will actually be people out there who think that ANY emergency vehicle on an emergency call should spend time looking for a nice and convenient parking space before dealing with their call.
The mind boggles regarding the idiocy of some people who clearly have no grasp of what it actually means to help someone else; to be ‘selfless’ rather than ‘selfish’…
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