Ambulance Courtesy

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email

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Drivers know, if you hear sirens pull over.

When people don't follow that rule, it creates problems for paramedics and other emergency responders.

People who drive ambulances are more than just someone behind the wheel of an emergency vehicle they are EMTs who have been trained to save lives.

When EMTs are out saving lives, few people really think about what happens when an EMT worker is injured while driving an ambulance.

"I have dealt with this, it is a very serious thing for us it is personal because I have seen the results of not slowing and staying away from EMTs," said Regional V.P. for Care Ambulance Dennis Poole

Drivers who don't pull over for emergency vehicles do more harm than they can imagine.

To avoid getting into an accident or slowing down emergency workers, when you hear or see sirens you should slow down and pull to the right.

"When we are operating under our lights and or sirens that is mainly asking for the right to proceed at a higher rate of speed, to go through your red lights to go through your stop signs but this is only asking it does not demand, it is kinda being nice to each other on the road," said Poole.

And being kind to one another means being respectful when drivers see emergency crews responding on the side of the road.

"If you do come on a scene like that of you are on the cell phone or anything that takes your attention away from your driving stop what you are doing at that point and pull to the left and give us room to treat and care for the injured people," said Operations Manager and Paramedic Jason Trammell.

And if you see or hear sirens it is important not to panic.

"Never slam on brakes in front of an ambulance or another emergency vehicle because that could cause us to rear end or us to lose control and cause another accident," said Trammell.

An accident that could be avoided, help making their job a little easier.

There is no law that states how much over the speed limit ambulance drivers may go it all depends on road conditions.

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