A Couple of Phone Calls Got That Straightened Out
AN AMBULANCE OPERATED BY the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Rescue Squad in Brooklyn, New York, was "booted" last week when a city marshal found out that the squad's non-emergency cars have a backlog of unpaid parking tickets.
New York Post
The New York Post cuts right to the chase in their report:
This ambulance chaser must have been brain-dead.
A city marshal slapped a tire boot on an ambulance in Brooklyn last week, preventing it from responding to emergencies for hours, stunned corps members like Kelly Gums told The Post.
"Hopefully no one lost their life," said James "Rocky" Robinson, commander of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps. "I don’t understand how they have the audacity to do this!"
The ambulance was parked in front of the Corps base along Greene Avenue on Tuesday morning when city marshal Robert Solimine slapped it with an immobilizing steel boot — placed on vehicles whose owners rack up $350 or more of unpaid tickets.
Solimine had no comment, but Michael Woloz, a spokesman for the NYC Marshals Association, called the boot blunder a "unique instance."
"The vehicle’s markings as a volunteer ambulance raised a question as to whether it was in fact defined as an emergency vehicle. Regrettably, the booting of the vehicle, turned out to be inappropriate," he said.
Yeah, those red lights mounted on a licensed ambulance can certainly cause some doubts, can't they? A quick phone call to the head of the nearest police precinct got some rapid wheels in motion and within a couple of hours the boot was removed.
Read the entire article in the New York Post HERE for all the details.
The Bed.-Stuy ambulance squad is a remarkable organization that has been serving the neighborhood for 25 years. Not only do they provide quick emergency care, but they also have trained literally thousands of citizens in CPR and basic first aid. Their program also trains teens in emergency care and helps prepare them for a related occupation as they grow up.
Firegeezer first reported on their charitable work back in August 2008 when we wrote in part:
The Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps just celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 19. Founded in 1988 by two NY City EMS workers, the organization has functioned on donations alone. When Joseph "Rocky" Robinson and Joe Perez started the grass-roots squad, the average response times for ambulances in the Bed-Stuy section of the city was 10 minutes. They soon brought that down to under 4 minutes with their dedicated volunteers who now respond to over 100 emergency calls per month.
Starting with nothing more than a shelf full of first aid supplies, they would get a direct phone call for help and grab their aid bag along with an oxygen therapy kit mounted in a backpack and literally run to the incident. Eventually they got two ambulances in service, staffed with certified EMT’s. Not content with just the emergency response team, Robinson set up a trailer on a city-owned lot and began neighborhood training in first aid, CPR and first-responder certification. They are also recognized by the Dept. of Health as a 3-yr. EMT Recertification agency.
Take a few moments to read the ENTIRE ARTICLE to learn more about this legendary organization.
Also check out our story HERE about their participation in the January 2010 earthquake disaster in Haiti.
Read other Firegeezer stories about ambulances getting "the boot" HERE and HERE.
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