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Ambulance emergency to chipper
#1
Check out the Wexford people and the story on the ambulance going the wrong way up a street to a chip shop.

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A PRIVATE ambulance drove the wrong way up South Main Street for an 'emergency' stop at a Wexford town chipper.
There were a number of people in the vicinity at about 9.30 p.m. last Tuesday night when the ambulance drove up King Street and turned right on to South Main Street, the wrong way on the one-way street.
However, onlookers who assumed it was an emergency soon learned it wasn't when the ambulance parked up close to the Bride Street turn - still facing the wrong way - and its occupants made a beeline for The Premier chipper to order some takeaway food.
After getting their chips, they later made their way out of the area by turning up Bride Street from South Main Street, re-entering the normal flow of traffic. Complaints from annoyed members of the public who witnessed the 'emergency' stop were received by the ambulance service in Wexford. However, the ambulance in question was not a HSE-operated ambulance, but owned by a private operator.
The registration of the ambulance, noted by one onlooker, revealed that it is in fact owned by a Dublin-based private ambulance company. When contacted about the incident yesterday (Tuesday), a spokesman for the company said he would need to investigate, and had not replied at the time of going to print last night.
A Garda spokesman said that the only way a vehicle can disregard the rules of the road, like driving the wrong way up a one way street, is in the case of a genuine emergency.
However, he pointed out that private ambulances, as opposed to those operated by the HSE, are generally not involved in emergency calls that would require such manoeuvres, but usually more routine transfers.
' They're not the same as the HSE ambulances, the Fire Service or ourselves,' he said.
- CONOR CULLEN

That's crazy carry on, the driver should be prosecuted.
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Quote:However, he pointed out that private ambulances, as opposed to those operated by the HSE, are generally not involved in emergency calls that would require such manoeuvres, but usually more routine transfers.
' They're not the same as the HSE ambulances, the Fire Service or ourselves,' he said.

I'm glad at least SOMEBODY can differentiate between us........
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#4
Find the bastard and have his licence! Donkey!
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#5
I have to admit it is a really nice chipper but not worth losing your job for,..... stupid stupid take his licence there cameras around that area if i remember correctly.

Blues lights on private ambos should really be permitted anyway should they?
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#6
Wexford people piece which as said above shows nicely that there is a difference with private and statutory. Amazed the driver has not been chased up for careless driving if there has been complaints.
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#7
Quote:Blues lights on private ambos should really be permitted anyway should they?

Well now Pogan, I've often thought the same myself, most of the time it's a glorified taxi......

I'm not taking from the employees, but I certainly think there should be more regulation.
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(24-09-2011, 05:30 PM)MRX Wrote: Well now Pogan, I've often thought the same myself, most of the time it's a glorified taxi......

I'm not taking from the employees, but I certainly think there should be more regulation.

Some of the staff at times put under pressure to use the lights.

Then again have seen some abuse them also. In fairness the new ICV fleet have fairly hidden blue lights and not in the face, maybe it is the way the privates should be
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(24-09-2011, 05:30 PM)MRX Wrote: Well now Pogan, I've often thought the same myself, most of the time it's a glorified taxi......

I'm not taking from the employees, but I certainly think there should be more regulation.

Im guessing aswell they dont have advance driving course done either??
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#10
One of the companies has a driver awareness campaign and stickers on the rear of the vehicle similar to below
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#11
any idea what company it was
and on the line of them having blue lights i think they should be cause we all know how easy something can change from everything being ok to needing to get medical help
and cause some do events
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#12
Would this be the same company currently involved in legal disputes with the HSE claiming they can do a better job than the statuory
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#13
Fire the prick !!!!. Sick & tired of seeing ambulances from the same company abusing the privilege of blue lights & sirens.
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#14
He should be charged with dangerous driving! But saying that there was a voluntary ambulance stopped on paddys day in a part of the island going up a bus lane on blue to get home early from a duty! my understanding is that a file is on its way to DPP on it.

I have no problem with vols and privates having blues, but i think any idiot that abuses them should be fucked, that goes for the state services too!
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#15
Seriously Vidar?

I've seen Vols a few times going back to race meetings on blues after leaving a casualty into A&E because all racing has to stop if they have no medical cover.

It's a ridiculous situation......
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#16
Lads enough the age old "vols and privates with blues" chestnut, I don't see anywhere in the article mention of the driver putting on the lights to break the law.

Our vehicles have lights for valid reasons...........THEY'RE AN AMBULANCE!!!! Yes we're not a frontline service but they're neccessary at times, like runs from events, pts gone sour etc. Not sure HSE/DFB would be too happy if they were called out anytime we had a pt who needs to go to a&e from a concert, motorbike racing etc


I'm pretty sure you've all seen abuse of emergency warning equipment in the statutory services too. Every driver knows he/she's driving on his/her own licence, the decision to hit the button on the dash rests solely with them. Don't punish the majority for the actions of a stupid minority
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#17
Well said Smurse
Patients don't suddenly die, it just seems that way when you stop paying attention!

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Ok I stand corrected here, but are privately used ambulance only in operation between 8am and 6pm, ?
I know around here it's the only time I ever see them being used after that it's generally HSE Ambos.
Besides all that, there was no reference to them having blue lights on
And would you not just think for a wee moment it might have been a total accident I know that could have caused one.
But I am giving the benefit of the doubt here and tying in a couple of factors that would cause this to happen.
They were not from the area
They were tired probably on since 8am that morning
Their sat nav had not been updated, you used to be able to turn off there ..
They were hungry and didn't give a shit ...
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#19
Fair enough Smurse, point taken, but we're not talking about Vols versus HSE. We're talking about abuse of lights etc from Privates (very common), Vols (not at all common), and the HSE (not at all common).

They were stupid and should be nailed. IMO.
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#20
Well said Sparky, as all of us are well too aware media reports only give one side of the story, now it seems like a decent report insofar as they seem to have a good few details, no of us were there we dont know the full story.

I never said it was vols v HSE but we all know it could quite easily go that way, I for one do not want this forum turning like other have where basically its just one giant slagging match/pissing contest, I was merely giving a different perspective, what is a debate if it isnt balanced. You lads are on the road a hell of a lot more than me and thus see a lot more. I can count on one hand the amount of times ive seen privates on lights, each time seemed genuine enough ie coming out of an event, under escort from AGS etc

By no means am I defending illegal actions or abuse of lights and noise, if a person is caught doing so be they HSE, DFB, Private, Vol, man on the moon they should be prosecuted appropriately.
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