RRV and Stuff…


Busy shifts on the old RRV/RFU. On three shifts covering the weekend late tours of duty.

Last week I worked on the Foxtrot Oscar Paramedic/Police combined response unit meeting members of the public with gashed heads/broken noses/intoxicated/drug overdoses/split lips/a stabbing…all the usual Saturday night things.

Most of these incidents were self inflicted to a degree apart from the stabbing and a couple of unprovoked assaults.

Had one job earlier that reminded me that we owe a awful lot to the people who fought in the second World War…sent to an 80 year old gent who had fallen at home. He was quite frail and his wife of 55 years was struggling to look after him.

What struck me was the fact that they were paying for all the things he needed like inco pads, pee bottles etc. as they did not want to bother any one. A very proud couple, he being an ex-paratrooper who had broken both his legs on a jump over Holland which was now giving him problems with mobility. He also showed me where he had been hit by shrapnel. Hopefully we have got the ball rolling for them to receive some help at home.

They both apoligised for having to call us out! Makes you despair of the younger generations who call us out for crap because “it is their right!”.



4 Responses to RRV and Stuff…

  1. Emmbee says:

    Isn’t that always the way. Its those who need us the most that call us the least. We had a day like that once. Went from a nose bleed in a 25 year old that had stopped by the time we got there to an old chap with a BP of 50. His wife had spent two hours calling all her friends and relatives before calling us. She appologised at least 6 times for bothering us

  2. MB says:

    It’s always the people who need the ambulance service that believe they are burden, and those who don’t need an ambulance that believe its their right.

  3. Nick says:

    Men of that generation, especially ex-Paratroopers etc, will never ask anybody for anything, and certainly not for help.

    I’m a moderator for a World War 2 forum (www.majordickwinters.com), and the number of stories people can tell about the remarkable things these men did for us (and those in Iraq are still doing for us), and in return for so little, is truly amazing.

    They will never be forgotten.


  4. vivdora says:

    Spot on! How many of our generation will last as long and cope so well I wonder?

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