Are ambulance drivers trained in anything beyond actually driving said ambulance from place to place?
I had to clamp this neighbor’s armpit for about 20 minutes while his brothers held him down (drunk, belligerent) since he’d put his arm through a window in a fit and was losing a lot of blood. The ambulance and the cops stood around for 10 minutes while the brothers taped and tied him up enough that we could get him on a stretcher. Neither the cops or the ambulance guys would help with clamping the artery or restraining the guy even though I asked them several times and there was a lot of claret spurting when I gave my thumbs a break. I mean, they just blended in with the local housewives, gawping and milling about. They had nothing with them to use as a tourniquet so I had to use some shirt one of the brothers’. They would simply not help do anything beyond push the trolley to the ambulance, shove him in and drive.
I’ve heard stories before about how untrained these guys are, but I was really shocked with how ineffective they were, and unwilling to just get in and do something.