sdmuleman wrote:I'm willing to bet that if it was you or your family needing emergency medical assistance you'd probably be a bit less thrilled that responders were delayed for 10 minute because they waiting for the train........
I'd be less thrilled if first responders didn't show because they were injured or killed on their way to the scene or on the way to the hospital after picking up the family member.
Big picture: How did getting hit by a train help this child survive? All it did was create a second location where EMS response was needed.
And if you are trying to play an emotional wildcard then ask, "how would you feel if EMS injured or killed your family member while they were responding to an emergency".
sdmuleman wrote:Not saying that they should always disregard crossing guards, but at the same time there's an appropriate time and place when certain levels of risk are justified. . . .
Point being, first responders are probably the only case where disregarding crossing guard *may* be acceptable. Very different situation than the typical idiot who does it.
The answer to the issue of a train blocking the path was to dispatch someone else who could get there faster. The impulsive actions of the officers in this case led to that solution being the only answer for the child - someone else had to go to the original call while additional resources were spent on the second incident.
"A certain level of risk" implies that there is a line beyond legal and safe driving that you would accept. I believe many would accept "beyond legal" ... or have exceptions into the law to make it legal for EMS to violate normal traffic laws during a Code 3 response. Speed limits, left of center, passing zones, stop signs, traffic lights - strict obedience to these rules would slow response. But "a certain level of risk" should never include "beyond safe". A professionally trained driver may be able to drive safely beyond the normal standards - but they should NEVER put their lives and the lives of people in their communities in danger. 55 in a 35 is not safe ... 70 in a 35 should lead to murder or attempted murder charges. Left of center when cresting a hill is Russian roulette. Running stop signs and traffic lights without slowing to avoid an accident at each intersection is foolish. "A certain level of risk" should never include potentially killing yourself or others.
Think big picture. How does it help a child or family member if EMS kills or injures others on the way to your incident or on the way to the hospital? How does it help if your first responders do not show because they were in an avoidable accident? That is the bottom line.