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to the comments stating "To hell with protocol...", there is a reason a certain protocol is instilled into EVERY Fire/EMS service and that reason is to not only ensure an emergency situation is handled efficiently but also to ensure the safety of the life savers and the bystanders. What happens if they all say "to hell with protocol..." and something else goes wrong? it would cause more chaos, waste more time, and could even cause another drowning. And if that were to happen then you all would be complaining about how they didn't follow their protocol and training. Protocol is instilled so that more problems don't occur while trying to assess the current problem. There isn't an option given about following protocol, they HAVE to.
As for the comment about the response time of emergency services. These men and women are VOLUNTEERS. they come directly from their own houses, away from their families in the middle of the night, on holidays, weekends, in bad weather at a moments notice. They do not get paid to sit at the station waiting for you to require their services. Until you've seen one them jump out of bed and run out the door at 3AM to respond to a call for help because they want to not because they have to, I suggest you keep your ignorance to yourself.
I hope you all decide to educate yourselves a little more about what really goes on during an emergency scene before you go around bad-mouthing the people who actually go out an try to make a difference in the world.
July 10, 2012 at 11:50 p.m.