I was at 7-11 the other day while at work and the clerk asked me if I was an Ambulance Driver. The conversation went kinda like this:
"Are you an Ambulance Driver?"
"Yes, I am"
"Wow, you must see some crazy things"
"Yes, it's a very exciting job"
"How long does it take to learn how to drive an ambulance"
"3 or 4 years, it depends where you go to school"
....paused look of surprise on the clerk's face...
"I didn't realize it took that long"
"Ambulances are sometimes very complicated to operate"
and then I walked out. I don't blame him, he just doesn't know.
People really don't know what we can do in the back of our ambulances. I don't know how many times people have opened the doors of my rig asking why we're not moving while my partner and I are stabilizing our patient. Of course in some cases we scoop and run, stabilizing enroute but I think some people really think we just put the patients in the back and drive to the hospital.
I hope this image gives them a clue as to what we do. Have a good weekend my fellow Ambulance Drivers and drive safe!