Monday, August 13, 2007


We've got some training crews running out of our station again at the moment. One of the crews last night were on a call, and when they returned to the ambulance, discovered that some chavvy git had stolen the screen for the Satellite Navigation. As a result, that's an ambulance now off the road until it can have a replacement screen fitted.

People still don't get it....the screen on its own is useless. The computer that makes it work is buried so deep in the guts of the ambulance, even the road staff don't know where it is.

I hope the person who stole the screen is the person who suffers because they have to wait longer for an ambulance because the one that would have come to them is off the road cos it's had it's Sat Nav screen nicked.


Blogger David said...

It seems that putting lettering on both cab doors stating 'the satellite navigation screen in this vehicle will not work if removed from the vehicle' doesn't work.
So maybe they need to be made completely undesirable. How about a custom paint job on the plastic casing of the screen, maybe in fluorescent pink or ambulance yellow. And the words LONDON AMBULANCE SERVICE etched deeply into the back. Of course it'll increase the cost to have the installers disassemble the screen, spray-paint the casing and etch the back, but it'll still be less than the parts and labour for a new screen. And it's a bit tough on the crews to have an object in such an objectionable colour in the middle of the dashboard, but if it means you don't have to take out one of the reserve fleet with a dodgy gearbox on a 12-hour shift, it's got to be worth it surely? Just a thought...

12:05 am  
Blogger NYC EMS said...

Welcome to the delusional world of crystal meth!

11:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All they took was the GPS screen? Here in San Diego, we had some knucklehead take an entire ambulance. I work in a PD dispatch center, and listened as the guy lead the units on a pretty comical chase. Ended up on the local Polo grounds. To bad it was early in the morning. Might have been more fun if some of the polo guys were out there to chase him on horseback....Tally Ho! :)

12:15 pm  

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