Another message from the police:

Address: OUTSIDE 45 HIGH ROAD, N28
Diagnosis: PERSON ? FALLEN FROM SCAFFOLDING
Special Instructions: POLICE HELICOPTER HAS IDENTIFIED BODY LYING AT BOTTOM OF SCAFFOLDING

Of course, we sprang into action for that one! The radio operator broadcasted the call, and H609, who were on their way to one of our regulars who’d fallen in his living room yet again, leapt at the opportunity to go to something a bit more exciting. There were no other takers, so I cancelled them from the regular and sent them to the police job. I let HEMS know, and I was just in the process of ringing a manager when…

From: METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE
To: LONDON AMBULANCE SERVICE
CANCELLATION. BODY IS ACTUALLY A LARGE PUDDLE.

Hang up on manager. Cancel HEMS. Send H609 back to the regular. You can’t beat a good false alarm…

Published Feb 13, 2009 - 7 Comments and counting

7 Comments on “Splat!”
  1. Medic999 Says:

    Thats just classic!
    I hope the crew got the whole story and not just
    “Stand down, not required ”
    It`s all good fodder for the book though!!!

  2. ANdrew Says:

    well be it ever Inda 97/98/99 who saw that there crew really need to do some retaining on how to use there camera and search equipment
    But it did make me laught when reading it bet HEMS were not happy

  3. Auntie Jane Says:

    Good one…

  4. Always Tired Says:

    ah well next time they call through with a ‘body’ just ask them if they checked the weather that morning ;-)

  5. Nickopotamus Says:

    But this does raise the question, how many “puddles” do they see that are actually bodies?!

  6. Police Despatcher Says:

    Helicopter crews do tend to get a bit of a god complex – it’s nice to see that they can be wrong sometimes too!

    I’ve actually made a similar call to Ambulance, but fortunately the helicopter crew realised that they’d made a mistake while I was still talking to the Ambulance call handler so I was able to cancel before anyone had actually been despatched.

  7. Norton 360 3.0 Says:

    Excellent site

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