Health and Safety Hazard

Posted by Jade38

Ambulance bus idling toxic diesel fumes in front of restaurants, Deli and Residential buildings for hours on end. Parked at a NO Standing Anytime - which prevents people either driving or crossing the crosswalk to see on coming traffic.

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tanyacska

did anyone say anything to the driver or call montefiore? we have a three minute idling law...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
skellimus

First of all Tanya...they are not 'drivers' the EMT's or Medics are in that ambulance for 12 hours at a time. They have no house to go to like firemen and do not get lunch breaks like cops. If it's cold would you sit in your car for 12 hours with no heat? If it's hot would toy sit in with no a/c? Why are so many NYers so mean? They are probably just parked to get something to eat or drink to go back to their corner and wait for you to call them with your 'emergency' that probably is not.

Monday, December 27, 2010
davidhochhauser

maybe the city should wise up and allow the ambulance crews to stay in a fire house in between runs it would cut down on the fuel costs and allow the crew the use of a bathroom and food and a place to relax instead of being forced to sit in an ambulance for the whole tour and have ask for permission to go to the bathroom

Friday, October 21, 2011
bronxbum

Jade, you are absolutely right. Diesel exhaust is one of the top causes asthma and there is a reason that is a no standing zone. David, sadly there just are not enough fire facilities to accommodate all of the EMS units. For the most part firehouses do not have large amounts of extra space and only a handful have space for ambulances.

Everyone in Riverdale should be asking why when the fire department was looking for a lot to build an EMS station they were denied by the community board. Instead the closest station is now in Woodlawn. If you want an ambulance close enough to respond quickly to your life threatening emergency the you're going to have to accept that there will be idling ambulances in the way fouling the air.

3 minute idle law does not apply and it is for more than crew comfort. All ambulances carry medications that need to be kept with a certain temperature range. Then there is the issue of patient comfort. I am not willing to place my ailing grandmother in the back of an ice cold ambulance on a freezing February morning. I'm sure you would feel the same about one of your relatives.

If an ambulance is in a dangerous location or the exhaust fumes really are an issue, you can politely ask the crew to move and explain your problem. They got into this job because they want to help people. Sometimes they cannot move, and sometimes the spot they're in is the best they can do.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Medidock

Eliminate the need for ambulance idling with the Medidock. Get heat, A/C, electric power, without idling. Maintain a comfortable, safe interior temperature for patients and EMT's. See our website at www.airedock.com ( follow link to Medidock.)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013