I loved this blog post. Very interesting to see things from the perspective of a paramedic.
We’ve all seen blue lights and wondered where they were headed. I am always relieved they’re not for anyone I know and love, but they are certainly on their way to help someone’s loved ones.
I hope to God that the day they are needed by mr or my loved ones, that people will be just as good spirited and help the ambulance on its way.
I’ve recently completed three weeks of emergency driving training with my ambulance service to allow me to drive their vehicles using lights, sirens, and appropriately judged and justified ‘exemptions’. It was tricky. A bit like spinning a lot of fine china while patting your head, rubbing your stomach and counting backwards in Russian. The stakes are very high – no job if you fail it and the potential for damaging many thousands of pounds worth of equipment, property and of course people if you make a mistake.
As you can imagine, it’s quite nerve-racking for the shiny new driver of the ambulance. However, it’s fairly tense for everyone else on the road too. Our sirens are loud and if you could see a Nissan Micra jump, clutch its hand to its chest and say ‘holy crap’ then you would. Repeatedly. Emergency drivers are generally confident drivers (or become so after…
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