Goal: Crew safety above all else. Keep patient count from increasing. When we say mitigating or abating emergencies or hazards, we mean it literally.
A Pennsylvania woman “rushing to the emergency room to be with a family member” wrecked and ended up in a different emergency room.
Dear public: This is why we don’t run or drive recklessly or push you into the intersection at red lights without any open lanes.
I always tell family members not to follow the ambulance, and sometimes even go as far as asking PD or fire to hold them up for a few minutes while we take off. Even then, I can’t even count how many times these people end up tailgating us all the way to the hospital.
Other times I tell family members to just meet us at the hospital later since EDs make them wait in the lobby anyway.
I always remind them to drive safely and ask if they have a vehicle that is working properly.
I always wonder if anyone listens to me anyway.