I got a job as a paramedic about a month ago, and finally now, after jumping through all the legal hoops and orientations, and stuff like that I'm now doing precepted shifts to change my license to a different system. Well, even though I'm doing patient care I cannot be in the back of the ambulance during transport due to the systems rules & regs so I drive.
Driving lights & sirens isn't as easy as it looks but man oh man do I *LOVE* the dirty looks I get from pedestrians trying to have a phone conversation and I pass by and just ruin their chats! Or from other motorists when I have to drive into oncoming traffic, and yes, that happens A LOT! Or the puzzled looks I get when I stop at a red light (company policy plus some people are plain idiots and think they don't have to stop) then continue.
But I have to say I absolutely LOVE the construction worker today that dropped everything to direct traffic and move the cars in front of me out of my way that were stopped b/c of a red light. Mr. Construction Worker--thank you! you made my day a little better & got me to my patient a little quicker.
So, a little note from your friendly paramedic quilter--always pull to the right when you see/hear lights and sirens. If you're in a left turn lane STAY there! I'll go around you, please do not make a left turn in front of me. And if you're a pedestrian on foot please stay on the street corner, if you're on a bicycle and riding on the street please act like a car and pull to the right.