Paramedics do a fantastic job under trying circumstances. Saving lives whilst dealing with all sorts of hindrances: drunken assaults and abuse, literally having to drive a race of life or death against the clock when emergencies are called in. Now it seems even the police are doing all they can to make the lives of poor Ambulance drivers as difficult as possible.
Footage has emerged of one paramedic who had to get out and guide his colleague through a narrow gap after their ambulance was blocked in by of all vehicles, a police car – parked on Double Yellow Lines.
Despite the presence of two available designated parking spaces on the other side of the street, the officers had left their patrol car blocking most of the street, forcing the ambulance driver – who was trying to deliver a casualty to hospital – into a spot of nifty work on the wheel.
Fortunately, thanks to the second paramedic’s expert hand gestures, the ambulance made it through the tight spot and safely to hospital.
Robin Brasher, who witnessed the incident in Swanage, said the ambulance was held up for between one to two minutes. He said: “Not long after I took the first picture I heard the siren of the ambulance which then suddenly stopped outside my house.
“The ambulance was heading out of Swanage so it was probably taking somebody to Poole Hospital.
“I guessed what had happened and I knew the ambulance would have a job to get through the gap.
“The cab was narrower than the rear of the ambulance and clearly the driver wasn’t sure if it would squeeze through.
“Somebody guided her and then it went on its way. It was held up for a minute or two.
“I have lived here for 20 years and it has always been an issue of motorists parking on the kerb and damaging the pavement.
“We have complained about it to the police before but they tell us it is a matter for the local council.
“I know police cars are allowed to park on double Yellow Lines but there were two empty spaces on the other side of the street the police officer could have used without blocking an emergency vehicle.”
A spokesman for the South Western Ambulance Service Trust refused to comment on the matter.
A Dorset Police spokesman told MailOnline: “The officers responded to a 999 call relating to an assault at an address in the High Street in Swanage.
“The incident was graded as a highest priority incident based on an assessment of immediate threat, risk and harm.
“The priority for the officers was to give immediate assistance to a victim and therefore get to the scene as quickly as possible. In these situations they are allowed to park on double yellow lines.
“During the incident an arrest was made, however, after the subsequent investigation the person has been released without charge.”
Earlier this month paramedics in Birmingham trying to save a man’s life were shocked to find this note on the windscreen of their ambulance telling them to park somewhere else
The latest incident comes after teaching assistant Hassan Shabbir was lambasted earlier this month for leaving who left a moaning note on an ambulance telling it not to ‘block his driveway’ while paramedics treated a patient who later died.
Mr Shabbir, 27, said his behaviour was ‘appalling’ and admitted he was ‘disgusted with himself’ after he penned the angry note on the ambulance’s windscreen in Birmingham.
It read: ‘You may be saving lives, but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive.’
The note went viral after a photograph of it was posted on Twitter by paramedic Tasha Starkey who attended the scene.
The ambulance had been forced to double park outside a drugs rehab centre as it had no other option and paramedics battled for an hour and a half to save him.
But the 42-year-old resident passed away after being rushed to hospital with ‘massive internal bleeding’.
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