Paramedics, Patient Escape Ambulance Fire in N. Ireland


 
 

SEANIN GRAHAM | | Monday, February 15, 2010


An investigation has been launched after an ambulance caught fire as it transported an elderly patient to Antrim Area Hospital yesterday.

No-one was injured in the accident, which took place at around 4pm close to the Dunsilly roundabout on the M2. Paramedics pulled the vehicle over to the hard shoulder when they smelled burning and noticed smoke. One of the two-man crew struggled to open the bonnet but was prevented from doing so by smoke. The female patient, who was sitting on a stretcher in the back of the vehicle, was quickly removed and put on a chair on the roadside before a member of the public offered to take her to hospital.

Two fire crews attended the scene but the ambulance was destroyed in the blaze. A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it was the first such incident in 20 years. He stressed that the patient did not have a serious condition and that a second ambulance was despatched to take her to Antrim hospital.

"The lady was sitting on the hard shoulder for only a minute before several good Samaritans offered to transport her," the spokesman said. "A second ambulance had been called and was only three minutes away. A man driving a van offered to take her and she was accompanied by a paramedic." It is understood the ambulance was around five years old but may have had high mileage. It had responded to a call-out from the Magherafelt area.

The ambulance service said an inquiry had been ordered into the cause of the fire.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Leadership and Professionalism, Ambulances

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Four Killed in New Mexico Medical Plane Crash

Crash near fairgrounds claims patient and crew of three.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Texas Ambulance Involved in Crash

Odessa ambulance and car collide during response.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Las Vegas Fire, AMR Reach New Deal

Tentative agreement reached over ambulance calls.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Fire Damages Several Homes in California Earthquake

Four homes destroyed and others damaged after quake rattles Napa.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

New Mexico Air Ambulance Crash

NTSB investigates crash that killed four.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Where in the World of EMS is A.J.? Scranton

JEMS Editor-in-Chief visits his hometown of Scranton, Pa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Over 100 Injured in California Earthquake

172 patients treated at Napa hospital after 6.0-magnitude earthquake.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >