Safety first: Crashes highlight the need to be careful
We all know how unstable our emergency units are, and we also know how unpredictable the driving public is
By Art Hsieh
I was saddened by the news regarding the death of an EMS attendant in Ohio.
Coincidence, probably, but I've noticed that since March 1, there have been at least a dozen ambulance crashes reported in various media outlets.
At least one had an associated patient fatality. The details on all of the crashes are not yet known.
In fact, we are not tracking these events nationwide; according to the National EMS Assessment , not many states track crashes within their borders.
Folks, please be careful out there when handling your multi-ton vehicles. We all know how unstable our emergency units are, and we also know how unpredictable the driving public is.
Add in a dash of bad weather, inadequate driver training and unnecessary speeding, and it's a recipe for disaster just waiting to happen.
My heart goes out to the families of those killed so far this year. Don't make it worse by adding your name to the National EMS Memorial.