Reader Mail: Idling Ambulances
The Hoboken EMS is one of the most crucial services provided in Hoboken – and they’re all volunteers!
Constant struggle to keep all vehicles working
Some of the drawbacks with having services such as this are, that the residents must deal with the sirens needed to allow the emergency vehicles to get to their destination quickly and safely. Additionally, it makes perfect sense to centrally locate these first responders to cover the city effectively. It’s a fact of life.
However, one Hoboken411 reader who happens to live near the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Headquarters at 8th and Clinton – has some concerns with running vehicles:
“I live on the same block as the EMS and I am so frustrated! They constantly leave the ambulances out on the street – running! I’m sitting in my apartment right now and an ambulance has been out on the street with the engine running for at least 15 minutes. My first question is who is paying for their gas???
Also, I read last week about a car who was ticketed for parking on the sidewalk. These guys are frequently blocking the sidewalk, to the point where you have to walk in the street. see attached a couple pictures of (1) the captain’s car blocking the sidewalk last week and (2) one of their cars which had been running for a while on the street last week.”
Hoboken EMS says: Only if necessary
Supervisor Steve Weintraub explained that when all vehicles are operating correctly – that they store them inside the garage. However, this particular ambulance running out front was having transmission issues – and was left running for diagnostic purposes. There was a mechanic on site – who also happened to just finish up fixing the brakes on another truck inside – which required the EMS to leave some vehicles outside.
He added that diesel-run ambulances may need more time to “warm up,” especially in colder weather. Other volunteers said they do their best to respond to concerns from neighboring residents, and indicated that they re-located one of the running vehicles in a similar instance the other day to appease the complainant.
Weintraub wanted to remind residents that it’s best to have a full fleet of working vehicles, because calling in aid from other cities only delays response time.
Which would you rather have? Peace and quiet (but longer response times) – or one of the best Volunteer Ambulance crews around in close proximity to your home?