Hey, just because I’m leaving the FRU doesn’t mean that there is a lack of people willing to take my place. All they have to do is listen to our management as they insist we spend more time sitting in the car (which is bad for my back) and that we faster to jobs (which is bad for my safety), and maybe spend time on standby on night shifts (which unions successfully stopped double crewed ambulances from doing, because it’s just not safe).
At the end of the day, sick people need to be in hospital, not in their own home, or on the side of the road with me standing over them watching as they get sicker and sicker. Sure, I can give some lifesaving treatment, but this is only for a few specific illnesses.
What we need on the road are not more FRUs, which exist mainly to get our ORCON times up, what we need is
less people calling ambulances more ambulances on the road. We need more ambulances than we have at the moment, as total numbers of ambulances have hardly increased in the past ten years, while our workload has soared.
This really needs to be a subject of a long post all of it’s own.
As an example – consider Christmas Eve night. After 1am, there were no ambulances from the busiest complex in London. Other complexes had to cover Newham, Poplar and West Ham.
There was one FRU.
At the end of the day I believe that I will be providing better help, to more people, working on an ambulance rather than a FRU.