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    Default NEWS FLASH: Stolen Baltimore City Ambulance

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    Baltimore Ambulance Stolen, Last Seen Heading To Va.

    POSTED: 2:42 pm EST February 13, 2008
    UPDATED: 2:49 pm EST February 13, 2008

    BALTIMORE -- Authorities are searching for a Baltimore city fire department ambulance that was stolen after making an emergency run early Wednesday.

    Spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said a Prince George's County police officer last saw the ambulance on Interstate 495 near Route 4 heading towards Virginia with its lights and sirens on.

    The ambulance was stolen from a University of Maryland Medical Center emergency bay Wednesday about 10:30 a.m.

    A patient was taken inside and the ambulance was left unlocked. Cartwright said policy requires the ambulance to be secured but apparently it wasn't this time.

    He said any drugs inside are locked in a container.

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    Thats what kill-switches are for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    A patient was taken inside and the ambulance was left unlocked. Cartwright said policy requires the ambulance to be secured but apparently it wasn't this time. He said any drugs inside are locked in a container.
    Something tells me that if the crew didn't secure the ambulance, I wouldn't put a lot of money on the fact that they know where their drug keys are, either.

    I don't know about Baltimore City, but we have kill switches here. Take the key out and the ambulance keeps running. Hit the break without the key in place and she's dead in the water. That came about after -- you guessed it -- someone stole an ambulance several years ago.

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    The stolen ambulance was recovered by Virginia State Police this afternoon in Stafford County, VA.

    I'm trying hard to do a kill switch on our next batch of ambulances, but we'll see how the rest of the committee views that. Since we haven't had one stolen yet, you know how that goes...
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    I am not sure how common "kill switches" are here. I know that (I think all) police forces in BC and likely most of Canada have them in the cruisers. Not aware of any other emergency services using them though.

    Here is the final report:

    Stolen Baltimore Ambulance Found In Va.

    POSTED: 2:42 pm EST February 13, 2008
    UPDATED: 3:57 pm EST February 13, 2008

    BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore fire spokesman said a city fire department ambulance was found in Virginia after being stolen.

    Spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said the ambulance was found early Wednesday afternoon in Stafford County. The ambulance was stolen from a University of Maryland Medical Center emergency bay Wednesday at about 10:30 a.m.

    A Prince George's County police officer last saw the ambulance on the Capital Beltway near Route 4 heading toward Virginia with its lights and sirens on.

    A patient was taken inside, and the ambulance was left unlocked. Cartwright said policy requires the ambulance to be secured, but apparently it wasn't this time.

    Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.
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    Stupid bunch of skateboarders.....
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    Stupid bunch of skateboarders.....

    What??.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    What??.....
    It was just a smart alec remark about the skateboarders in Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Officer that got in trouble last week.
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    Speaking of the Baltimore cop:
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