Stretcher stolen during medical call
“It’s about 20 stairs down into Alfie’s Pub,” Freitag said, with a 45 degree turn in the staircase, “so obviously they weren’t going to carry the stretcher down the stairs.”
Instead, Freitag said the paramedics left the stretcher on the sidewalk, and carried their bags and equipment with them into the pub.
This is standard procedure, Freitag said.
The stretcher was stolen from the sidewalk while the paramedics were inside.
“My first question as a supervisor was ‘could you have brought the stretcher with you?’ It’s all about minimizing our scene time and getting the quickest access to the person,” he said.
The paramedics had no choice but to call a second ambulance to Alfie’s at a time when Freitag said there would have only been four circulating in all of Kingston.
“12:30 on a Saturday night is one of our busiest times,” he said.
“The worst part of this is that it delayed the response to helping the injured person,” he said. “We weren’t able to transport the person in that ambulance; if their co timberland shoes ndition been more serious they could have died timberland shoes .”
Sgt. Paul Brule of the Kingston Police Force said there were no witnesses to the incident.
Brule said Kingston Police and Queen’s Campus Security joined forces last night to investigate, and will continue trying to find the stretcher.
“We want it back,” he said. “It’s a public safety issue. Imagine if you called an ambulance for your mum or dad and there was no stretcher inside.”
Freitag said that all seven Frontenac paramedic stations are stocked with extra equipment, and that the disabled ambulance was fully equipp timberland shoes ed and operating again within about an hour.
He timberland shoes said that if the missing stretcher isn’t recovered, insurance will pay to replace it, but he doesn’t think that’s a fair solution.
“I want to know who did it and I want them to return it because ultimately the cost falls on the taxpayer,” he said.
“I’m guessing it’s either in somebody’s living room or it’s in the lake. We’ll find it eventually, when people move out,” he said.
Freitag said he’s never seen a stretcher stolen in his two years working as a supervisor in Kingston, and doesn’t think it should change the way local paramedics operate.