Over the last few days I have noticed on various news stories the amount of emergency vehicles that have been deployed to incidents. Last night a high speed car crash had 9 police cars 3 fire engines 4 ambulances and a paramedic car on scene. The other night a bungalow fire had 5 fire engines in attendance and last week a kitchen fire had 3 fire engines in attendance. The fire brigade say they do not like attending minor fires like bin fires because it ties up a fire engine which MAY BE required on an emergency but go overboard on other fire
Started: 5th Dec 2016 at 09:08
Last edited by PeterP: 10th Aug 2021 at 15:06:31
i saw a minor bump a couple of weeks ago, both parties where stood on the pavement with no noticeable injuries..
in attendance was a paramedic vehicle, 2 ambulances, 3 police cars and the air ambulance...and both parties drove their vehicles away!
Replied: 6th Dec 2016 at 10:55
Nothing changed Mental health patient killed yesterday photo in MEN shows EIGHT police vehicles TWO ambulances and they say the AIR AMBULANCE was in attendance. Wheres the police when you need them
Replied: 19th May 2021 at 21:45
They don't do themselves any favours by whinging their understaffed and then go and show overkill like that on national TV.
Replied: 21st May 2021 at 18:05
Again today bloke wanted on an arrest warrant would not get out of the water at Salford Quays . Pictured in MEN Two fire engines with full crews of Min 4 man crew and nine police officers for one manWhat a waste of wo/man power. What where the fire crews going to do
Replied: 22nd Jul 2021 at 14:56
Perhaps we are becoming more influenced by the USA; the legal and suing society. It is sad that trained professionals carrying out their duty now have to consider any prosecution because they didn't treat a minor potential threat (such as smoke from a BBQ) more seriously. I am saddened by the present over-PC take on our lives. It appears that common sense is very low on the legal directed agenda. I accept that there are incidents where a better response to an incident may have saved a life, but our limited and overworked emergency services are now having to focus on very serious reported incidents such as shootings, stabbings, etc. To give you a perspective, someone I know was being severely beaten and kicked by a gang of youths (because they didn't like Indie/Goth types). His girlfriend rang 999 six times and was told that they were unable to attend as their officers were engaged with more serious incidents elsewhere. I am not blaming the police - I am just highlighting our need for the government to do something. They say thay haven't the funds, but they found billions for furlough.
Replied: 22nd Jul 2021 at 18:41
The other day there was a video of a stand off with a bloke on a roof. He slipped and fell about 30ft . It showed a police officer running away from the bloke instead of turning an arresting bloke while he was sprawling on the floor. It did not show how many more officers where in attendance
Replied: 27th Jul 2021 at 10:32
Again mam killed on tram track at least 5 ambulances and two rapid response vehiles in attendence Yesterday an elderly woman fell at home husband phoned for an ambulance 2 hrs afterwards he got a phone call to say no ambulance coming make your own way to hospital. After another 2 hours he mamaged to get his wife to hospital . They found out she had broke her arm in two places and then put her arm in a sling and sent her homeGood old NHS
Replied: 31st Jul 2021 at 11:22
I don't think we should berate the NHS, Peter. A broken arm in two places in an elderly lady is nasty, but there are few ambulances covering hundreds of miles in any one town/city trying to attend to people who are having heart attacks, and other more serious injuries, like a factory worker whose arm got cut off using a machine, who need immediate attention. Some areas get 2000 calls a DAY!
I've never mentioned this on here before, but in 2015 I fell downstairs cracking my head open on my tile floor, breaking a little finger, and dislocating a thumb. I was unconscious for a while but, when I came to, I somehow managed to grab the phone and ring 999. I kept passing out during the call but I managed to give my post code which they traced to my address, and I let them know I was bleeding from the head.
When the paramedics arrived, I struggled to get the key to open the door but grabbed at it as it was hanging from my door handle, and had to pass the key through the letter box. My phone to the contact centre was still in my hand which the paramedic took from me to let them know they were with me.
After they put a collar on me I passed out again and have no memory of being in the ambulance, but came round the next day at around 3.30 p.m.
As a result of my accident I suffered a serious head injury and I now have a disfigured forehead, but had the paramedics not got to me within 10 minutes and into hospital on blues and sirens, I would have died. This was on a Wednesday evening and I was discharged from the hospital on Saturday afternoon.
It's not their fault they're so badly under-funded, but I do agree that sometimes there appears to be over-kill in certain circumstances, which they have to weigh up for the greater good.
Watch the series "Ambulance" on You Tube and you'll see what they have to deal with on a day to day basis, and how terrific they are dealing with all kinds of situations, even people throwing stones at them when attending the sick; ambulances being vandalised; being attacked with knives.
That elderly lady, as awful as her situation was, was not in danger of death, so they have to prioritise every case as they happen, and sometimes a more serious case has to take precedence over a non-emergency.
I have only the very greatest respect for the NHS because without them I'd be dead now, and let's not forget how doctors and nurses put themselves at risk during the Covid outbreak, risking their own lives to save others. We should be bloody grateful we have an NHS which is free to all who need them.
Replied: 2nd Aug 2021 at 05:01
Last edited by mollie m: 2nd Aug 2021 at 05:13:26