Re: Maybe it's best to just let some people die
Originally Posted by SunDeck
Reality check from a former first responder- sometimes we screw up.
Been there myself. Not saying this particular case isn't garbage, but failing to deploy a rescue operation for a half an hour is pretty bad, if it's true. I was sued once when a patient on the ambulance I was driving ended up with staff. We didn't get any thanks for the epi shot that got her heart going again, only an invitation to give a deposition.
I have also seen improper ventilation of a building that caused flashover conditions and a pretty nasty explosion. Did the ladder company pay for the extra repairs caused by that? Then there was the Engineer who turned the wrong way out of the firehouse and took an extra five minutes to arrive on scene. That probably cost about $40,000 to the structure and the crew was just lucky there wasn't any entrapment.
I guess that is probably the only recourse the public has for accountablility with emergency services. It makes you wonder if municipalities would spend the money they do for training and being able to offer competitive salaries (knowing that sometimes they are not) and benefits to these workers if there was not the pressure of getting sued when things do go wrong.
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