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“Move That Ambulance NOW!”


Woman writes a scathing note and leaves it on an ambulance parked in front of her house (they were at the neighbor’s) to MOVE THEIR VAN NOW…

We’ve reported lots of this sort of stuff on E-hell but this takes the cake, plate, server, and topper. 0218-18


A snippet from the above linked article…

A woman left an abusive note on an ambulance dealing with a 999 call, ordering paramedics to “move their van”.

The writer said she did not care if “the whole street collapsed” and the crew had “no right to be parked here”.

The hand-written message was left on an ambulance in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, earlier.

Operational manager Mike Duggan said the paramedics also received verbal abuse.

He shared an image of the note on Twitter saying he was “very angry”.

Paramedic Katie Tudor tweeted Staffordshire Police asking: “Is there anything that can be done about this? It’s becoming a regular occurrence.”

It takes a special kind of snowflake to insist that an ambulance is violating her space and must be moved.   It’s short -sighted, selfish and represents a character deficiency …almost sociopathic, in my opinion.

A member of my extended family is a paramedic and, oh, the stories this person can tell.   Once he and his partner were trying to resuscitate an elderly woman who appeared to have had a heart attack.   Two of her grandsons, both adults, threatened to kill them if they were unsuccessful in saving her.   Both paramedics promptly stood up, left all the equipment there, walked out of the house, locked themselves in the ambulance and called 911 for police assistance.   At least in the US, there are certain things that, if said, automatically triggers a required response from the first responders.   Death threats said in the heat of emotions is number one on the list of things you do not say to the EMS or paramedics.  The elderly woman died, btw.


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  • Sarugani July 12, 2018, 6:49 am

    The nerve of some people…

    My father used to be a fireman and he once told a story about a guy gawking at a fire and complaining about the tiny hole in the hose that sprayed him with water.

    Recently, people in Germany seem to have forgotten that they‘re supposed to leave an access corridor for emergency vehicles in case of a traffic jam on the Autobahn. In theory that means, cars in the left lane go as far left as possible, cars in the right lane(s) go as far right as possible which should leave a corridor wide enough for anything from police cars to towtrucks. In practice, this rule is getting less and less observed and when it is, well, in my last traffic jam, I saw a few guys who apparently thought, everybody had stopped and made room for their sports cars… Police have started taking down the license plates of the cars blocking the access. They‘re also starting to use screens to block the view of an accident site from the lanes in the other direction, because ghoulish people get the victims onto Twitter or Facebook before they reach the hospital 🙁

  • Kheldarson July 12, 2018, 7:12 am

    I cannot fathom people abusing those trying to help. Whether it’s emergency responders or a retail clerk, what do people think they have to gain here in making angry the person you want to help you?

  • LizaJane July 12, 2018, 7:15 am

    “They probably had to use the word ‘van’ because they were unable to spell ambulance.”
    Bwahahaha. Probably true.

    Maybe if they put #14 Tunstall, Stoke on Trent on a “Do not respond” list, along with anyone else who does something this callous, it might stop some of it….

  • Nancy J. July 12, 2018, 7:19 am

    I don’t blame them for reacting, but maybe that wasn’t the right choice to make. They could have called the police but then gone on trying to save the woman’s life while waiting for police to come and protect them in case they were unsuccessful.

    • Beana July 12, 2018, 10:57 am

      Actually, no. A first responder must first ensure that the scene is safe before they can help. The death threat did not put them in a safe place to assist the victim. They had to assume the threat was real.

      • staceyizme July 12, 2018, 6:19 pm

        Exactly. First responders in medical capacities aren’t generally required to endanger their own life to a significant degree. In many places, please must secure the scene if there is any question of safety before first responders can enter and be of assistance.

        • Nnxy J. July 16, 2018, 7:50 am

          There was only an empty verbal threat. There were no signs of any weapons, unless we aren’t being told the entire story. So no, I don’t think they did the right thing.

          • Lolo July 16, 2018, 3:18 pm

            @Nxny J.
            So because one couldn’t “see” a weapon at that time (you are surmising) that means that they are safe? You know that people carry concealed firearms/ weapons all the time right? Never mind even maybe being physically able to harm these paramedics? A paramedics job is not to put their lives at risk for someone. You threaten death or grievous bodily harm (and can follow through with it ie: brandishing a knife/baseball bat, gun etc) to a Peace officer they are lawfully able to shoot you. Why on earth would an unarmed paramedic continue to work in an unsafe environment where their life is being threatened? You make the threat, you deal with the consequences. They absolutely made the right decision to leave and let the police handle it.

          • ladyv21454 July 18, 2018, 12:52 pm

            As long as someone has hands, they have a weapon. The sons might not have been able to kill the EMTs with their bare hands, but they could have done some serious damage. The EMTs absolutely made the right decision.

    • viviennebzb July 12, 2018, 11:27 am


    • Gena July 12, 2018, 11:29 am

      I disagree. We don’t know enough about the situation – were there weapons there? Did they feel the sons weren’t just mouthing off and really were threatening them? I hope the 2 sons were charged with manslaughter – since it seems very likely their actions led to their mothers death.

      • Rinme July 12, 2018, 11:35 pm

        Sound to me that the paramedics were following protocol for threats here.

    • LovleAnjel July 12, 2018, 11:48 am

      You can’t help other people if you need help. It’s standard procedure for paramedics/EMTs to remove themselves from or not to enter a dangerous scene. They had no way of knowing whether that situation was going to escalate. If they stayed, and one of the grandchildren attacked them before the police arrived? Now you have three people needing medical care, a standoff with the cops, and a city down one ambulance crew.

    • Devin July 12, 2018, 12:52 pm

      In these cases EMS has to take any threat as a credible threat against their lives. They are trained to render assistance unless they themselves are at risk of bodily harm (therefore require additional personnel to save both them and the original victim). Also, most EMS, in the US, are privately contracted so they have no legal authority to use force to protect themselves. If they had stayed, their employer may be forced to terminate them because they put themselves at risk and therefore their company at risk for litigation.
      It’s sad that the actions of family may have led to this woman’s death, but the EMS workers had their personal safety to consider.

      • Honeybee July 12, 2018, 2:20 pm

        And, to be perfectly honest, efforts might not have been successful even if they *had* continued after having their own lives threatened. They might even have been able to tell the efforts were futile (if they were–which is, honestly, highly probable based on the bare bones info of elderly woman with apparent cardiac arrest).

    • admin July 12, 2018, 5:33 pm

      It wasn’t their choice to make. They are required to remove themselves when the situation becomes dangerous or they are threatened.

      The elderly woman had either died or was in the process of dying as they worked on her and they knew it was unlikely they could revive her. Unlike TV, most people do not survive massive heart attacks.

    • Redblues July 13, 2018, 12:44 am

      Not only would it be a violation of all their training, but the patient would still have died anyway. Even a witnessed MI followed by immediate, expert, CPR and rapid transport only results in a 12% survival rate. This was not such an event.
      Those 2 pigs learned a valuable lesson, and probably ended up in legal trouble because of their own actions. That needed to happen.

    • Kate July 13, 2018, 5:46 am

      First aid protocol is DRSABCD – the first D stands for Danger. If there is any danger to yourself as the first responder which you are not equipped to face (for example a firefighter could enter a burning building, a passerby could not) then you do not approach the patient until safe to do so. Threatening to kill certainly counts as a D in my book.

  • lkb July 12, 2018, 7:40 am

    I think I would have liked to have seen a picture of the ambulance at the accident scene. Of course, the note was rude, no question, and public safety personnel (police, fire, paramedic, ambulance etc.) are in the line of fire continually and deserve our support. That said, I wonder if the ambulance was blocking a driveway or a road when the notewriter needed to get out — for work, for his/her own emergency, for child pick-up, etc.

    I can see that kind of scenario if the notewriter’s work situation or childcare arrangement is such they can’t be late, no matter what. Some bosses don’t take any excuse.

    Again, not completely excusing the notewriter. Just offering possible explanations.

    • Tan July 12, 2018, 8:53 am

      Note: the Ambulance was not blocking anyone getting out but blocking people getting in. It was in a parking space reserved for number 14. I do not see being under pressure / stressed as an excuse for being abusive.

    • Tan July 12, 2018, 8:56 am

      Follow up: the woman who wrote the note didn’t even own a car. She was later prosecuted for
      a public order offence. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5622009/kirsty-sharman-stoke-on-trent-rude-note-paramedics-move-ambulance-court/

      • admin July 12, 2018, 9:59 am

        Thanks for the update!

    • ladyv21454 July 12, 2018, 9:19 am

      If that was the case, then the notewriter could have POLITELY asked that the ambulance be moved. Besides, if it HAD been a situation where the note writer had to leave immediately, what would she accomplish by putting a note on the ambulance, which the paramedics would not see until they either brought the patient to the ambulance, or came back to it after handling the medical emergency? This was entitlement, period. On top of that – if England plays by the same rules the US does, all roadways are public property, and anyone can park there. I’ve had people park in front of my house when neighbors are having a party, and it doesn’t bother me at all. The one exception would be if a house had a designated handicapped parking spot in front of it and someone parked there – that IS against the law, and the homeowner could have the vehicle towed.

    • Andrea C. July 12, 2018, 9:46 am

      The note says something referencing Number 14, so I would assume the ambulance is in a parking space. If it’s a parking lot with assigned #s, I would say that 1) if the note writer is not the owner of the #14 space, (s)he should mind his/her own business, and 2) if the person is…wow! The ambulance won’t be there all day, and there is an emergency. Find somewhere else to park for a few moments. (Note: given the nature of the letter, I would assume the person complaining is NOT the owner of #14.)

      • crella July 12, 2018, 9:35 pm

        The parking space is for her apartment, but she doesn’t own a car! Unbelievable!

  • Cleosia July 12, 2018, 7:51 am

    “The writer said she did not care if “the whole street collapsed” and the crew had “no right to be parked here”.”

    To me it sounds more like entitlement than need.

    • Tan July 13, 2018, 5:43 am

      Very much entitled – she didn’t even own a car just the parking space

  • DGS July 12, 2018, 7:59 am

    The nerve of some people! Recently, I had had a flat tire when en route to pick up my children from an after-school program at a community center. The community center is very large and besides children’s camps, also has indoor and outdoor pulls, a gym and adult education classes in the building. It is a very busy building, particularly in the morning and in the early evening, between 4 and 6 pm, with people’s comings and goings.
    I pulled into the parking lot of the community center, parked and called AAA. They told me that it would be about 15 minutes, at which point, I had gone inside the building and checked out my children, gave them bottled water and stood next to my car waiting for the tow truck to arrive. AAA was great and very prompt at getting a tow truck on the scene in exactly 15 minutes, and the driver immediately began changing my flat tire. However, his tow truck was parked perpendicularly to my car and blocked the adjoining parking spots. A woman who looked to be in her 60’s, dressed in gym clothes, walked out of the building, walked up to the two truck and began screaming at the driver, telling him that he was blocking her car and had to move his truck “NOW, *$*$*$*$*!*!*!*!”, hurling obscenities at the driver. (The driver, btw, was really fast. He had literally removed my flat tire and put on my spare tire in maybe, 5 to 6 minutes, and spent another minute cleaning everything up and putting it away). To give him credit, he did not react at all other than to say, “It will be just another minute, ma’am”. She proceeded to shout and berate him the entire time, to the point that my youngest, aged 3, had begun crying and asking me why the lady was being so scary. At that point, the lady turned to me and said (in a normal voice), “I feel sorry for your for your flat, but it’s not my problem. Shut your kid up”. And then, again, proceeded to scream at the driver. As soon as he was done, I quickly buckled my kids in their car seats, and he drove away in his truck. I drove off to the tire shop, and in my rearview mirror, could still hear the woman screaming, albeit now, in her car, on her cell phone, at someone…

    • Devin July 12, 2018, 8:40 am

      While screaming and using obscenities is rude behavior, your conduct is not completely without reproach. Your personal, non life threatening, issue did cause her inconvenience. Hopefully you offered up a sincere apology on behalf of the tow truck driver for cause her to be unable to leave.
      This is scenario where compassion on her part and apologies from you would have made the whole situation better.

      • Outdoor Girl July 12, 2018, 9:40 am

        Uhhhh… No way in hell would I be apologizing to a woman who was already screaming, even before knowing the situation.

        If she had come up and asked how much longer it might be and then when told it would be x minutes, said, ‘Oh, dear. I have an appointment that I can’t be late for. Could you please move your truck so I can get out?’, sure I’d apologize, especially if the guy wouldn’t move the truck.

        But this is very much an ‘Excuse me for living’ situation and I would not be apologizing, especially with my child being frightened by her unreasonable behaviour.

      • Girlie July 12, 2018, 10:01 am

        I wholeheartedly disagree.

        If you abide by the rule of thumb that you should avoid “engaging the crazy,” then trying to deescalate a situation where one party STARTED by screaming is not going to happen. Not to mention that when you have your children in tow, it is sometimes wiser to bite your tongue in order to retreat from a situation as quickly as possible.

        Based on what the OP said, the screaming woman was HARDLY inconvenienced enough to BEGIN the conversation with a verbal attack on the tow truck driver who was merely trying to do his job. She could have asked nicely how long he would be, and then, if the answer was unreasonable, proceeded to ask him to move his truck. That’s not what she did; instead, she attacked. There is NO excuse for her behavior, and the OP here did nothing wrong.

      • Rose July 12, 2018, 11:54 am

        Yes, a little minor inconvenience merits a complete meltdown and everyone should cater to the loudest, rudest person because she might have to wait a minute. /s

      • staceyizme July 12, 2018, 6:25 pm

        Really? The flat tire caused inconvenience on the order of a few minutes. It’s an escalated, albeit not an emergency, situation. The lady who was screaming should have been cited for disorderly conduct or whatever other relevant charge covers verbally threatening behavior. And I’d absolutely apologize in a similar scenario UNLESS the person who had been inconvenienced was CRAZY, HOSTILE and ARROGANT.

    • Margo July 12, 2018, 9:10 am

      Yes, her behaviour was not acceptable, but the driver should have moved his van then finished changing your wheel.

      • Damaris July 12, 2018, 10:36 am

        If she had asked politely instead of launching into a tirade, my guess is that he would have.

        People should not be rewarded for being d*cks.

      • mark132 July 12, 2018, 1:09 pm

        Which if you read the post by DGS, he did.

      • Leigh July 12, 2018, 2:47 pm

        Margo, so the answer to unacceptable, rude, abusive behavior is to cave & give the rude person exactly what they want, thus ensuring a continuation of future bad behavior based on a pattern of getting their way when acting inappropriately? No. You do not reward behavior like that. That’s a variation of the silly adage that “the customer is always right,” which leads to abusive, rude, obnoxious customers who walk all over employees and demand outrageous accommodation, and businesses for some reason cater to these lunatics rather than side with their employees.
        The driver handled it the way he should have handled it. You do not feed the drama llamas. You don’t reward abusive behavior. Ever.

        • EchoGirl July 21, 2018, 2:51 am

          Interesting fun fact, when the phrase “the customer is always right” was first popularized, it actually had nothing to do with this kind of situation; it was a reference to supply and demand and the idea that the market was consumer-driven, so businesses and manufacturers had to take that into account rather than trying to force the customers to buy what they wanted them to have. It’s since been twisted into its current usage.

          Nothing to do with the main story, I just tend to find this fact interesting especially when it comes to a discussion of customers using it to walk all over employees. It was never meant to mean that!

    • Dyan July 12, 2018, 10:47 am

      she would have said SHUT your kid up ONCE to me…LOOK you entitled cow…he will be one moment…

      • LizaJane July 12, 2018, 6:59 pm

        Exactly. First, she made the kid cry, then she said to shut it up. Nope. She wouldn’t be running my universe.

    • DGS July 13, 2018, 7:31 am

      I didn’t apologize to the yelling lady, and my rationale was exactly the same as many of the PP’s had already stated. I would have said, “Oh, we are sorry about the inconvenience, it will only be a minute” (and the driver did respond to her appropriately, as I stated above) if she did not immediately start screaming and using profanities. I don’t engage yelling, shouting, abusive people, particularly in public space and in front of my children (could potentially be dangerous at the most, but at the very least, would disintegrate into a screaming match) because a person who leads with that kind of behavior is not looking for politesse and reasonable discussions. He or she is looking for a fight or to have his or her entitled view of the world confirmed. In that instance, my goal was to get the issue taken care of quickly (which is was) and to get my kids out of there safely (which I did). I also did think it was courteous to have pulled off the main road and into the parking lot because I did not want to hold up traffic on a busy street during the afternoon rush hour and potentially, cause a traffic hazard. The driver would have also parked in a spot if there was a spot for him to park; unfortunately, with the size of his truck, there were no spaces available for him to pull in, and since he was operating pretty quickly (the entire exchange was less than 10 minutes), I guess, he did not think that he would need to park. It was only a flat, not anything requiring a more complex operation (if he had had to tow me, we would have been there a lot longer, blocking a lot more parking spaces, and that would have merited me apologizing profusely to every single inconvenienced individual in that part of the parking lot, as I would have had to pull out my SUV and have him tow it on top of his vehicle).

  • JD July 12, 2018, 8:32 am

    There’s no excuse for abusing EMT’s on a call, but I will give you this situation:
    A wreck occurred in an intersection at the corner where my daughter lives. One of the cars spun out into the yard, slamming into my daughter’s front steps and resting there. The two elderly women in the car were dazed but only slightly injured, and my daughter and her child inside the house were unharmed. The ambulance parked next to the wrecked car and emergency personnel extricated the two women then took them to the hospital. As is normal here, a firetruck was called to the scene as well and parked next to the ambulance. The ambulance and firetruck parked on top of my daughter’s concrete walk, and broke the concrete in several places, nearly upending some pieces of it. My daughter said not a word while this was going on although she knew her walk was being broken, because the ladies’ safety was more important than her walk. However, afterward, when she asked about the damages to her walk, the county claimed it was the city’s problem as she lives in the city, and the city said it was the county’s problem, as the county runs the ambulance and fire service. In the end, she had to pay to fix the walk herself. So where they park sometimes is a problem, although we still would view people’s safety as more important than where the emergency crews park.

    • admin July 12, 2018, 10:00 am

      Could the driver’s insurance have covered it?

      • Jenn50 July 12, 2018, 6:32 pm

        In my jurisdiction, the driver’s insurance would have had to pay for it.

  • Leigh July 12, 2018, 9:08 am

    Inconvenience or not, if you are screaming obscenities at anyone, you forfeit your “right” for an apology. I hope DGS said nothing to that horrible woman, and I hope whoever she was screaming at on the phone loved her enough to tell her what a terrible person she was being. Of course, given the limited interaction DGS had with her, I’d say it’s a solid bet that anyone in that woman’s life already knows she’s a horrible person.

    • Vrinda July 12, 2018, 9:29 pm

      If it was me, I’d say, “I will not shut my kid up. You’re the one who’s making him cry by screaming like a madwoman. You’re the one who needs to shut up!”

  • Sarah July 12, 2018, 10:36 am

    A stupid question – is there any reason the ambulance did not park in front of the other house, the neighbour they were trying to save?

    • Tanz July 12, 2018, 9:59 pm

      I remember this story, and from my (vague) memory of the accompanying photos I think the street consisted of those ‘two up, two down’ kinds of houses that are narrow and long; we have a lot of streets like that where I live and because they have no garages, little road space and limited (if any) off street parking it’s possible that there simply wasn’t room outside the house they were attending.

  • Kat July 12, 2018, 10:52 am

    If you hang around the Reddit Tales fro Retail sub, you will occasionally see stories such as a cashier has fainted, and while their coworkers and paramedics are tending to them, a customer will be screaming to have someone wait on them. Some people just have no empathy at all.

    • kingsrings July 12, 2018, 7:01 pm

      That happened once when I was waiting in line at a grocery store. A customer started having heart problems and customers and workers jumped in to help him. Then one customer came along and started yelling at a cashier for not helping him because she was concentrating on helping the heart problems guy! Jerk guy got chewed out good for that.

  • MusicWithRocksInIt July 12, 2018, 10:57 am

    That is not how they train you. They train you to put your own safety first, no second guesses. I used to lifeguard and they train us to always approach someone from the back, if they turned in the water to see you or tried to get to you swim away until they stopped, even wait until they go under, because if a drowning person climbed on you it could kill you both.

    The grandchildren made it unsafe for the paramedics to work on their grandmother, it is their fault they had to leave and no one else. The paramedics have been trained to look out for their own safety, and they followed that training. No one should have to do their job under threat of physical violence and death unless you are trained as a part of your job to defend yourself and have tools available to do so (like cops or the military).

  • staceyizme July 12, 2018, 11:10 am

    Episodes like this one are far less matters of etiquette in the ordinary sense and far more matters of mental illness and dysfunction. No sane person would interfere with a medical emergency and anyone who does is due for the fullest comeuppance that law and society might afford. I’ve observed some emergency situations during my career and some family responses have been mind boggling. An attorney and his mother who objected to the summoning of an ambulance to examine a child who had a fireplace mantel fall on him, a client who demanded attention in the middle of another senior person”s emergency during a hospital stay- all kinds of inappropriate remarks seem to “pop up” during these situations!

    • ladyv21454 July 12, 2018, 12:52 pm

      I disagree with the mental illness diagnosis. Some people just have an innate sense of entitlement and don’t care about other people as long as THEY get their way.

    • Kirsten July 12, 2018, 2:22 pm

      Not every selfish, rude, thoughtless person with a massive sense of entitlement has a mental illness.

      • EchoGirl July 21, 2018, 2:56 am

        I have to agree. I’ve dealt with many people with major mental illness in my last job (paralegal for a nonprofit), and while some do scream and yell, very few of them are both rational enough to have a fully accurate assessment of their situation and out of control enough to throw a fit at the same time. This is just being an overgrown toddler throwing a tantrum.

    • Mary Sgree July 12, 2018, 4:46 pm

      I agree. I’ve never witnessed any screaming events like these before.

  • MetalRose July 12, 2018, 11:28 am

    As an “ambulance driver” aka EMT, it’s amazing how often I am asked to move my ambulance. When the lights are going it is considered an emergency and sometimes we do have to find our own parking spots. I know it’s inconvenient for others, but when a life is literally in my hands, I can only do what I can. People also don’t pull over (in the US, you pull to the right to allow passage on the left) or how many people park in emergency zones and refuse to move when we need to gain access to that particular area. Yes, I’ve had to block people in when they park in those areas. I’m sorry not sorry. People also like to park directly behind us so we cannot load or unload the stretchers. I’ve been doing this for 7 years now and it’s always the same. No one cares that the ambulance is coming…

    • admin July 12, 2018, 5:45 pm

      Have you had the experience of being called to a house, repeatedly, for stupid things? My family member had a situation where at least twice a week, sometimes three, an elderly woman would call 911 for the EMT to come. Family member, crewa and ambulance would get there and the “emergency” was usually something silly such as she couldn’t find her water bottle. I kid you not. After weeks of this, they were at her house looking for something she lost when the radios crackled with a call to proceed to a house where the victim appeared to be suffering a heart attack . Family member’s ambulance was actually the closest to the location but because they were looking for that damn water bottle and thus engaged, they could not take the call. Family member very bluntly informed the woman, “Hear that call? Someone is having a heart attack literally a few blocks away, we are the closest ambulance but because we are here once again looking for your water bottle, we can’t take that call. The next closest EMT crew is at least 10 minutes away and every minute that ticks by means someone may not survive. You think about that the next time you call us to find your water bottle.” She never called them again for frivolous stuff.

      • Ripple July 12, 2018, 9:41 pm

        Good for Family Member, but why wasn’t she cited for misuse of the 911 system? I’ve seen samples of people calling 911 because they got the wrong order at a fast food joint and similar stupid reasons and they’ve ended up being charged with misuse of 911 and fined.

      • MetalRose July 12, 2018, 9:56 pm

        We do get quite a few “frequent flyers”. They don’t care. I work in a decent sized city, so we usually have enough ambulances… or we can “pass” the call to another service for mutual aid if needs be. But in smaller towns or more rural areas, only one ambulance may be available. We used to do a “3 strikes” thing on my volunteer service. And frequent calls for non emergent issues would prompt a call to social services to see if the person needed a visiting nurse or an assisted living situation. It only worked about 50% of the time. And no matter what- we always responded to calls, no matter how many times we heard the same address for the 10000th time that day.

      • A Person July 14, 2018, 1:38 pm

        In that case I think that lady needs to be checked for dementia. I mean that seriously, especially if her doing that was a new thing.

  • JAN July 12, 2018, 11:57 am

    I’ve worked in critical care in a hospital where we had to institute a policy of security attending every code in the hospital due to threatening and other reactions from family and friends.

    We are also taught before starting BLS outside of the hospital to ensure that the site is safe before starting.

    • Ergala July 15, 2018, 3:16 pm

      Nothing like hearing Code Silver over the intercom. Even worse is when it is Code Silver level 2 which means the person is armed.

  • Jenn50 July 12, 2018, 6:51 pm

    I’ve been a firefighter/EMT for 25 years, and I’ve seen the gamut in that time. Where I live/work, the traffic safety act (laws that govern conduct on the road) give me the right to park an emergency vehicle anywhere, any way I need to in the event of an emergency, as long as it’s safe to do so. When I can, I will have the vehicle staged in such a way so as not to inconvenience anyone, but if I need to, I will block whatever I need to in order to complete emergency business. I will move out of the way as soon as is practical, but preservation of life trumps all.

    I have been cursed for parking in front of someone’s house, (even when not blocking anything,) had people intentionally block me from passing, and been screamed at for shutting down a street temporarily while I bring in a helicopter to airlift a critical crash victim because “I need to get home to feed my cows!!” My response in that case was twofold. 1) That person clinging to life being loaded in the helicopter trumps your cows, and 2) If you’ve left it so late to feed the cows that they can’t sustain a 10 minute delay, you’ve made some very bad choices and need to re-evaluate your life strategies. And if you can’t refrain from abusing people, I’ll have the police come explain it to you. I work in a job where I deal with the most gruesome, intense, and heart wrenching circumstances there are, and the trauma I’ve absorbed over the years is significant. I don’t need some petty, selfish, entitled fool shrieking at me because they can’t control the world. I don’t just delay people to be capricious. If you’re stuck waiting for an ambulance or fire truck to move, chances are it’s because someone else is having the worst day of their life.

    • LizaJane July 12, 2018, 9:40 pm

      Well that’s just silly. Cows can’t tell time.

    • A Person July 14, 2018, 1:40 pm

      Thank you for what you do, Jenn50.

      • Jenn50 July 18, 2018, 9:13 pm

        It is truly, very much my pleasure. 99% of the people I encounter are grateful and supportive of our work and even on the bad days, I love what I do.

  • WifeyDear July 12, 2018, 10:05 pm

    Oh my gosh!

    When I was younger I love switch my great-grandmother. I set her kitchen on fire (long story) and ambulances and a fire truck showed up after calling 911. The fire truck parked on the side of the parking lot that belonged to our neighbors, and the neighbor-man came out and yelled at the driver to move off his property. They had another entrance to their driveway and a 93 year-old woman’s house was in fire, but his property line was more important. He also used to our notes on windshields if any car that was too close to his side of the lot. Super fun neighbors ?

  • NostalgicGal July 13, 2018, 3:54 am

    That is the standard here…. EMT’s either have to wait for a site to be secured or they can’t attend the one needing help. If there is any hint of danger they are to remove themselves until other properly trained personnel deal with it. Once the grandsons made the threat the EMT’s were supposed to remove themselves from the area until law enforcement secured the area. The grandmother may have had little chance of surviving but the grandsons probably sealed the fate. I don’t fault the EMT’s but the grandsons.

    As for the woman that had issues with the Ambulance… they get to go anywhere. In big urban I’ve seen them go the wrong way up a one way and ALL TRAFFIC STOPPED for them which is the law. If in doubt about do you have to pull over or not, PULL OVER. Next time it may be you waiting for them to arrive. They are supposed to have an eye for safety but they park where they need to. It sounds like perhaps there may have been another car there when they first showed… or they parked optimally to cross the front house area to an entrance.

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