Quick paramedics

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  1. Big bus man

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    I know that paramedics do a great job and they need to get to an incident fast but on my way home just now I passed an Audi A8 being used for rapid response, in my view a bit over the top and probably dangerous to other drivers being it is so low and fast, like any other speeding vehicle....will they get there any quicker??
     
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    You wouldn't complain if it was you they were rushing to help , I can just imagine you needing medical attention but insisting that they do not exceed the speed limit getting to you , or maybe is just car envy ?
     
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    If you passed it how fast were you going? :)
     
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    Yes, and sometimes even just a few minutes is the difference between life and death :eek:

    Mind you, I used to be an ambulance 'driver' ........... and we did over 300 MPH ;)
     
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    I care not what a paramedic arrives in when I'm flat on the floor, motionless, I assure you!
     
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    The word has got around all the ambulance drivers about you on your back on the floor.. Talk about fast response .......
     
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    I would hasten to add that I had been removed from my chair that I was frozen to, and placed in the recovery position, so in fact it would have been very difficult to take advantage of me, and most unlikely with the assembled audience of my colleagues!

    However had the emergency responder been Harold Shipman, rather than the normal sort, he could indeed have administered an overdose of morphine intravenously instead of the glucose drip!
     
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  8. Big bus man

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    To be clear I don't mind them using fast vehicles, the one in question was driving slowly on the opposite carriageway although 3 other paramedics and an ambulance were 2 minutes ahead of it with blue lights flashing so there is a nasty incident somewhere, however back to the plot, an Audi A8 costs 3x the price of their usual vehicles and we have to pay for them, though I guess it could have been a demonstrator vehicle on loan from Audi. I would love all paramedics to drive supercars for rapid response but not if the NHS has to pay for them.
     
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    Community First Responders (CFRs) and volunteers
    Many local ambulance services run volunteer responder schemes. Volunteers receive medical training and are expected to provide emergency care alongside ambulances or until an ambulance can be on site. They are often trained to use defibrillators, provide CPR and are able to give oxygen treatment. The volunteers have to provide their own cars and usually don't have blue lights.

    http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/aboutn...gentcareservices/pages/ambulanceservices.aspx
     
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    A lot of these fast response vehicles that I have seen including the one at my surgery ,are supplied free of charge by vehicle agent,that way they get free advertising and the tax payer doesn't have to subsidise it ..however even if they were not loaned to us and we had to pay for them so be it ...they are an absolute necessity..
     
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    That sound encouraging MikeD but the Audi in question was fully liveried as a Paramedic and fitted with Blue lights, unusual enough to take other road users eyes off their own driving.
    Some years ago a friend was driving home and saw a pretty police women walking down the road, he drove into the back of another car!
     
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    Wow - They start at £60k :D
     
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    Back in my early years as an emergency service driver I was proud to tell anyone who wanted to know that...............I travelled to work in a Daimler [Corporation Bus ] and drove a Rolls Royce [ Fire Appliance Powered by Rolls Dennis] Is speed important, you bet it is.
     
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    it will either be a loan vehicle from Audi as a demonstrator or a specialist paramedic vehicle such as Hazmed vehicle. The hazmed goes out to suspected chemical incidents to advise on medical treatment. Chemical incidents includes those RTC's involving tankers. Quite often the 'specialist' field paramedic vehicles are donated from car companies as it is advertising their vehicles reliability and handling. There are other 'specialist' paramedics out there such as Urban search and rescue paramedics (USAR), hazardous area response team (HART) paramedics, and paramedics who work alongside armed response police. There are also BASIS doctors who are transported to trauma scenes by either helicopter or a special car run by the ambulance service so it could well have been taking a doctor to the scene of an accident.
     
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  15. dave newell lvs

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    Was it an A8 or a R8? The A8 is a big saloon type vehicle with a V8 lump, the R8 is the low slung mid engined monster.

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    Good point Dave, I like cars and I got it wrong, probably because I hate Audi's, it was the R8.
     
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    well if it was an R8 it must have been a doctor in his own vehicle that he has agreed to livery up. They dont pay us paramedics enough to even dream about an R8 !!
     
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    There used to be a Dr with a marked up E60 M5 tourer.
    M5_v1.jpg
     
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    See the post above yours.

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  20. Don Quixote

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    I sorry who gives a poo what they drive or arrive in they are doing a great job and I'm not worried about a bloody silly thing like "a bit over the top and probably dangerous to other drivers being it is so low and fast"

    Sometimes I just wonder........... I really do!
     
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