You’re a firefighter. You have dedicated your life to saving lives and helping the citizens of your community. You arrive at a location where a little child is in medical distress. The nearest ambulance is 10-15 minutes away.
What do you do?
Do you grab the kid and transport her in your fire engine to the nearest hospital, or do you say, “Hmmmmmm…. My fire engine doesn’t have the proper restrains and medications to transport a sick child to a nearby hospital. I should wait for the ambulance to arrive and watch her maybe DIE!” and do nothing?
Two Virginia firefighters were suspended recently after making the decision to help the little girl.
Captain James Kelley and Sgt. Virgil Bloom of the Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department in Fredericksburg were the first to respond to a call of a child having a seizure at an undisclosed location near a McDonald’s and took her to a nearby hospital, according to Fox 5 DC.
Kelley explained to Fox 5 DC Saturday he told the driver to turn the fire engine on because the child was in desperate need of medical care and the nearest ambulance was about 10 to 15 minutes away. He said when he asked where the nearest medic was, he received vague responses.
Regulations. Paperwork. Licenses. Bureaucratic certifications.
Where’s the common sense?