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    Default AMR...yes, the maximum height applies to ambulances, too

    Have to post this here so you'll see the pic...wished off-duty allowed image tags (hint, hint)


    Monday, March 15, 2004

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    WORCESTER- An ambulance from American Medical Response got stuck in the Greendale Mall garage Friday. The height of the ambulance exceeded the maximum allowable height requirement of the garage. The vehicle repeatedly got stuck, damaging the garage ceiling. Crews had to deflate the tires of the ambulance before it could be driven away.
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    The driver should have know their limitations as where the bus could go. MOST parking garages or decks have signs upon entering that states the hights limitations. Any one whom is driving a bus or any type of vehicle should know the limitations of that vehicle.

    I say they made a big mistake. Maybe this will serve as a learning lession ao them as well as any one who attempts going in a parking deck.

    I have never seen such a nice ceiling on a parking deck before. This must be the cream of the crop parking deck.

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    All of the rigs on my department have a plaque on the dash which clearly lists the height and width.

    Just curious, anyone else have them?

    We also don't drive on or into parking decks.

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    Yeah, its a NFPA and Federal Trucking Industry Standard!!

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    we dont have any of these in our dostrict, henceforth we dont have the little signs either. I agree this operator gets teh "GOOF" Award for sure. Common sense SHOULD dictate here.
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    I think, OldTimer, that this is the garage that's below some of the stores -- so the dropped ceiling for sound proofing. I was thinking the same thing!

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    Yeah I guess this may be the case. Like I said, I have never seen such a nice looking garage. Looks good.

    I wonder if the driver knocked any sprinkler heads off as he was doing damage to the ceiling???

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    The vehicle repeatedly got stuck, damaging the garage ceiling.
    If it got stuck once, get out and see what caused it to get stuck, don't keep trying.


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    Originally posted by CaptOldTimer
    I have never seen such a nice looking garage. Looks good.
    Nor will you see another one, Cap -- I think that was the 1 nice garage!
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    So what about the paitent??????????????
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    Does "AMR" stand for "Adversely Modified Roof?"

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    Have to add this to my collection; I use the submerged AMR rig in Florida as wallpaper at the station....always brings a smile to my face, even on bad days..........

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    My favorite part of the story is where it "repeatedly" got stuck........

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    Originally posted by pumper41
    Does "AMR" stand for "Adversely Modified Roof?"
    ROTFLMAO
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    Well it just goes to show ya that once again ya "CAN'T LEGISLATE COMMON SENSE"

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    Obviously this was a new driver since the experienced drivers had learned this lesson at the McDonald's Drive-Thru.
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    Not to be nitpicky (with my OCD I can't help it) but I am once again impressed with the writing capbilities fo the Worcester Telegram in particular, but most newspapers in general. Apparently even this college eduacted writer cannot discern the difference between an ambulance and a medi-van. Like I said, just my ODD. I know you work for the Telegram Dal, but I am just saying - no offense intended.

    Isn;t there a bar hanging down at the entranc that tells you the height of the entrance? You know, if you hit it with your vehicle, you are too tall.

    I worked with a guy at Patriot Ambulance (a private provider in Mass.) that drove an ambulance under the overhang for the ATM on two seperate occasions. The company had to put out a memo telling the rest of us with cognitive, reasoning abilities that the ambulances were too tall to go under bank overhangs and thus no further driving of ambulances under bank overhangs was allowed.

    A fire department that I used to work for spec'd a new ambulance that was about an inch and half too tall. Every time guys backed into the ED they scraped the hell out of the roof of the module. After a couple of repairs, someone finally got the bright idea to put a marker on the railing to tell you stop so you didn't grind the roof off - again.

    I do have agree that my favorite part of the writeup is that the vehicle got stuck repeatedly.
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    Originally posted by DaSharkie
    Apparently even this college eduacted writer cannot discern the difference between an ambulance and a medi-van.
    I am college educated, was a journalist for eight years and have spent my entire life around emergency services... and I have no idea what a medi-van is (let alone how it differs from an ambulance).

    I'm guessing the writer saw a van with medically trained people and some lights on it. Sounds like an ambulance to me. This is much like people calling anything they see that big, red & loud a fire truck... even though there are fire engines, trucks, tenders, etc.

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    DaSharkie; nation wide pieces of aparatus have different names. On one side of the county things might have one name and on the other side they are refered to as something different.

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    Even if you do not have Parking Garages in your area, you would think everyone would have these signs. We don't have garages either, but we have hotels with overhangs and such.

    As for the Medi-Van, I believe he is talkign about wheelchair transports. They're called Ambulettes here.......

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    I'm glad the rest of the nation isnt missing out on AMR's wonderful driving skills. This happened here in Miami, Fla last month right behind Mercy Hospital (It fronts Biscayne Bay).

    Apparently the driver fell asleep...

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    Originally posted by pumper41
    Does "AMR" stand for "Adversely Modified Roof?"
    Unknown what it stands for in your area, but around here it stands for American Medical Responce.
    Last edited by k1500chevy97; 03-15-2004 at 08:11 PM.

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    Originally posted by k1500chevy97


    Unknown what it stands for in your area, but around here it stand for American Medical Responce.
    Uhhhhh. Chevy, that was a joke........

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