Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Public Safety Question


I have a question for you safety geeks out there. Why is it when an ambulance is called to assist and or transport someone they also sent out a fire truck? Is spontaneous human combustion a bigger problem than has been previously reported?

7 Comments:

Blogger darev2005 said...

Do you really want an answer to this or are you just being facetious? They have discovered, over the years, that a good number of ambulance calls require equipment and manpower that they don't have on an ambulance. Like extrication tools and ladders and things. In most places they will also send a cop along if they have one available. People involved in accident/injury scenes tend to be a little over excited and overwrought and it's good to have backup on the scene, no matter who it is. Also, with the advent of so many fire prevention and safety applications, the number of house actual house fires is slowly declining and it gives the firemen something to do once in awhile. Everybody likes to feel needed.

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depending on location,medically trained and equipped FD folks often arrive on the scene minutes earlier than the ambulance. When seconds count, minutes make a real difference.

7:06 AM  
Blogger Rosa said...

In Seattle, the fire services are public, and the ambulance svcs. private. There's some sort of law re: the public svcs. have to arrive on the scene first. Yep. Firefighter told me so at a fire station open house. They had free cookies and punch.

8:06 AM  
Blogger weese said...

nope... i think more people are combusting.
I am pretty sure its linked to those high protein diets that are all the rage.
:)
Its why I always carry bottled water.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you like shit yourself when you have an accident? And if so then if so then wouldn't there be a risk of combustible gasses? That's my guess but I still don't understand why Mom's used to say to put clean underwear on every day because you never know when you'll end up in hospital.

Belated Happy Thanksgiving Yanks. Just think...if the Indians have given the pilgrims a mule instead of a turkey, you guys would be having a piece of ass right now...

Moose

Moose

1:20 PM  
Blogger richpix said...

'Belated,' Moose? Are you wishing us Happy Thanksgiving for last year? We have a couple weeks before we get our piece of ass for this year.

Guy, most fire trucks have at least one person on board trained as a paramedic. Even if they didn't, they could do things such as locating the patient and assessing the scene so the ambulance crew could get straight to what they need to do on arrival.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev and 1st Anon, can't they just don't see the need for a pumper/tanker going out. A rescue truck, maybe, but not a ladder truck.

Rosa, welcome to Rust. Cookies are always good. Love your writing, by the way.

Weese, I figured it would be the high fiber diet and the related gas.

Moose, I haven't since I was three, though I'm sure I will one day. Time to bone up on U.S. culture. Thanksgiving is two weeks away. Ask your Brother in NJ. I'm not a god thanker so it really doesn't matter to me when it is.

Rich, just seems to me they would be better off with a smaller truck.

8:44 PM  

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