Make way: Am­bu­lance ser­vice mes­sage to ig­no­rant driv­ers

Paramedics warn bad driv­ers

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Veathika Jain @veathika veathika@7days.ae

Driv­ers tail­gat­ing am­bu­lances to get through traf­fic and stop­ping to rub­ber­neck at ac­ci­dents are the fo­cus of a new film that chief paramedics hope will change at­ti­tudes.

Na­tional Am­bu­lance launched the video to en­cour­age mo­torists to con­sider the im­pact they could be hav­ing on emer­gency crews re­spond­ing to an ac­ci­dent.

The first of three videos asks mo­torists to give way to emer­gency ser­vice ve­hi­cles and to make sure they don’t slow down to stop at ac­ci­dents.

The video is aimed at the North­ern Emi­rates, which Na­tional Am­bu­lance be­gan cov­er­ing two years ago, but is rel­e­vant to all driv­ers.

Ahmed Saleh Al Ha­jeri, Na­tional Am­bu­lance Deputy CEO, said: “While Na­tional Am­bu­lance is al­ways ready to re­spond, the peo­ple we serve can also play a role in en­sur­ing the best pos­si­ble out­comes.

“By be­ing ready and re­spon­si­ble, the peo­ple of the North­ern Emi­rates are also serv­ing the best in­ter­ests of the na­tion.” The videos will also be shown be­fore movies at Vox Cin­e­mas in Novem­ber.

Al Ha­jeri added: “The three videos con­tain very prac­ti­cal tips on ac­tions every­body and any­body should take.

“I would urge ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity to watch the films and be pre­pared to act when needed.”

Ear­lier this year, the Dubai Cor­po­ra­tion for Am­bu­lance Ser­vices and Civil De­fence of­fi­cials hit out at the driv­ers who fail to give way to am­bu­lances.

Dr Omar Ahmed Al Sakaf, Med­i­cal and Tech­ni­cal Af­fairs Direc­tor at Dubai Am­bu­lance, said: “Many be­hind the wheel con­tinue to be ig­no­rant – or in­ten­tion­ally block ve­hi­cles – pre­vent­ing paramedics from do­ing their jobs. Fire­fight­ers, paramedics, po­lice, am­bu­lances and emer­gency ser­vice vol­un­teers have all raised con­cerns about driv­ers re­fus­ing to get out of their way.”

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