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Ambulance gets 'booted' while medics tend to emergency

Restrictive device placed on the wheels meant medics has to call for another ambulance to transport patient

By FireRescue1 Staff

NEW ORLEANS — An ambulance was booted Friday while medics were tending to a man with chest pains inside a convenience store.

New Orleans EMS spokesman Jeb Tate told WWL-TV the paramedics only realized the restrictive parking boot had been placed on their ambulance when they tried to transport the patient.

With the ambulance unable to move, the boot was removed, only to cause a flat tire. The medics were forced to call another ambulance to pick up the patient.

“We actually had to delay that patient's care by calling another ambulance out here to come transport this patient," Tate said.

"As long as we have our lights on, we park where it is safe to park," he added.

Staff at Quicky's convenience store in Mid-City refused to comment on the incident.

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Rick McDonald Rick McDonald Monday, December 03, 2012 12:53:25 PM Somebody needs to be arrested and fired.
Angela Ramey Cornett Angela Ramey Cornett Monday, December 03, 2012 1:34:37 PM That's such crap! How could they get away with booting an ambulance?
Glennon Mayer Glennon Mayer Monday, December 03, 2012 1:34:39 PM Are New Orleans police really that dumb gee that is where I want to go on Vacation NOT.
Patrick Moulton Patrick Moulton Monday, December 03, 2012 1:35:04 PM That's redicoluos
Devlin Hernke Devlin Hernke Monday, December 03, 2012 1:37:25 PM Seriously...
Michael Leonard Michael Leonard Monday, December 03, 2012 1:37:26 PM lock up the person who put the boot on an fine the own.
Judd Sonafelt Judd Sonafelt Monday, December 03, 2012 1:38:49 PM The City of Atlanta parking authority must have gone to the same training class.WTFO.
Jason Kingsnorth Jason Kingsnorth Monday, December 03, 2012 1:40:12 PM Read the article before you bash the people who didn't do it.
Chino Diaz Chino Diaz Monday, December 03, 2012 1:40:15 PM Ill put a "boot "......up someones A** for that.
Kim Weber Polacko Kim Weber Polacko Monday, December 03, 2012 1:40:18 PM Oh man, I see STUPID written ALL over this one. Obviously the person that put the boot on was deaf DUMB AND blind! That's our tax dollars at work people. I'm so proud.
Paul Potter Paul Potter Monday, December 03, 2012 1:40:22 PM wth
Andrew AJ Jarrett Andrew AJ Jarrett Monday, December 03, 2012 1:43:30 PM Having lived outside New Orleans for part of my life, I'm really not that surprised.
Joe Hatch Joe Hatch Monday, December 03, 2012 1:44:30 PM In addition to being fired and arrested they need to be charged with endangering the public. How many calls got put on hold due to the lack of equipment because of this idiot?
Theo Kurowski-Belleau Theo Kurowski-Belleau Monday, December 03, 2012 1:45:02 PM hope the store owner is arrested for distrubing a public official or interfiering with EMTs. he needs to be fined for the amount of the tire that had to be replaced. and y do stores get there own boots and is that legal to have. man if we had boots were I work we would need about 100 of them.
Bryan W. Waagner Bryan W. Waagner Monday, December 03, 2012 1:52:00 PM WOW
Sharon Middleton Sharon Middleton Monday, December 03, 2012 1:56:55 PM I thought emergency vehicles on call were exempt from such things. who was it that made the decision to "Boot" them? That person needs to be the one charged. And if the patient dies, because of the delay, charged with murder.
Loretta Buehrle Loretta Buehrle Monday, December 03, 2012 2:06:48 PM It WASN'T the police, it was the convenience store's staff that booted the ambulance while the medics were attending to THEIR customer inside THEIR store.
Tindy McPhate Tindy McPhate Monday, December 03, 2012 2:09:48 PM Lawsuit #1 - Tort Lawsuit for impeding critical care to a medical patient during emergency. Lawsuit # 2 - Damage of emergency equipment and # 3 Interruption of commerce.
Jody McKibben Jody McKibben Monday, December 03, 2012 2:16:16 PM That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of in my 23 years in the fire service.. They sure wouldn't do that if it was their family member..... I want to know which employee thought it was a smart idea to call 911 for an ambulance then turn around and boot the ambulance, how did they think that was going to help a customer in their store.. There is wonderful customer service for you... good grief.
Devlin O'Rourke Devlin O'Rourke Monday, December 03, 2012 2:17:59 PM we have the same first name
Ron Nelson Ron Nelson Monday, December 03, 2012 2:18:28 PM The person/people from the store involved need to be charged with interference with an EMT, reckless endangerment and whatever else is appropriate, including the supervisor/manager if they even witnessed it and did nothing. (current vol FF/EMT and past ALS and dispatcher).
Jody McKibben Jody McKibben Monday, December 03, 2012 2:23:15 PM Listen to the news article and look at the sign that they show on the side of the building IT IS THEIR LOT!
Lance Denotter Lance Denotter Monday, December 03, 2012 2:32:44 PM Who the fuck is that fucking dumb that person that booted the ambulance needs his ass kicked up and down the street for being that dumb period huh the lights are on duh duh.
Patty Butler Martin Patty Butler Martin Monday, December 03, 2012 2:51:16 PM There is NO WAY a business, owner or otherwise, should have the "boot" to being with. That should only come from a legal attendant hired for those kinds of infraction....and I'm pretty sure an ambulance that is working is exempt to such action! Whomever allowed that owner to possess that boot should be in jail. I hope the person the ambulance was called for made it and will be okay....NO THANKS TO A STUPID CONVENIENT STORE STAFF! Maybe they should remember this if one of their relatives has to have an ambulance sometime.
Richard Anaya Richard Anaya Monday, December 03, 2012 2:56:37 PM Well then maybe the fire department should remember that when the store is on fire and not take any of their equipment on the stores lot to put out the fire because IT IS THEIR LOT.
John J. Brazil John J. Brazil Monday, December 03, 2012 3:00:03 PM ? What! How bad is that.
Mike Arnold Mike Arnold Monday, December 03, 2012 3:06:35 PM that is rediculous. who would even think to boot an emergency vehicle in the first place. but then again it is new orleans
Pascal Hay Pascal Hay Monday, December 03, 2012 3:22:41 PM State RS states that an emergency vehicle on an emergency call can park in "Their Lot". They broke the law.
HealingSpirits RanchandRescue HealingSpirits RanchandRescue Monday, December 03, 2012 3:55:45 PM ONE LIABILITY of over eight million settled out of court sounds like the way to CURE THAT problem with those types of idiots who did that. DEK/HSRR
Dennis McKibben Dennis McKibben Monday, December 03, 2012 4:24:58 PM Should have called in a truck that carried the jaws of life and cut the boot into little pieces and left them in thier lot!
Alan Brooks Alan Brooks Monday, December 03, 2012 4:36:13 PM Yea that was a smooth one.
Jason Low Jason Low Monday, December 03, 2012 4:36:35 PM In the very brief look in Louisiana law I took, the only thing that I found was "Interfering with medical treatment" - which does cover paramedics on an ambulance - but the fines ar $100 to $250 (max) for first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. Make the store and its staff pay for the patient's treatment, the tire repairs, and ALL the costs of the 2nd ambulance (wages, response fee, etc).
Jacob Wiersma Jacob Wiersma Monday, December 03, 2012 4:49:58 PM the feds need to shut that store down and the police arrest whom ever put it on.
Alex Prince Alex Prince Monday, December 03, 2012 5:07:07 PM Say it with me now; "NUMB NUTS!"
Steve Thole Steve Thole Monday, December 03, 2012 5:47:27 PM WTF Someone needs ta lose there job!
HealingSpirits RanchandRescue HealingSpirits RanchandRescue Monday, December 03, 2012 5:50:20 PM I concor sir, but civilly, the City, the subcontracted who had the contract to do that service "IS" Legally" interfering with medical and endangering a patient. That to me plenty of civil attorney's wil JUMP at the chance to represent the patient(s), the Ambulance Company who has the contract, and that can add up when they count the dollars for stupidity!!!
Wes Moats Wes Moats Monday, December 03, 2012 5:57:28 PM If get call for an ambulance for someone working there would use low gear on way.
Ray Vanek Ray Vanek Monday, December 03, 2012 6:04:56 PM WOW you just can't fix stupid!
Rsc Hedrick Rsc Hedrick Monday, December 03, 2012 6:20:01 PM If this is true, and it appears to be, it is a sign of how stupid and/or inconsiderate people really are!
David Campbell David Campbell Monday, December 03, 2012 6:36:45 PM I smell a couple of rocks through the front windows...........Boot that...
Jonathan Brackbill Jonathan Brackbill Monday, December 03, 2012 6:56:57 PM Wow! Really!!! Well that store will be out of business whent he lawyers are done with them.
John Borowski John Borowski Monday, December 03, 2012 7:37:44 PM The Policemen are your Friends!
Justin Dowling Justin Dowling Monday, December 03, 2012 7:55:33 PM They probably did it as a prank, and I hope they get fired AND be charged for "Interfering with medical treatment" (as Jason Low has pointed out as the only thing they can be charged with) and pay the patients transport charges!
William Allen William Allen Monday, December 03, 2012 8:49:38 PM I hope these characters don't have any off-spring breeding! There is no way anyone could be that stupid. Tell me its all a joke. I have heard it all now.
Steve Metcho Steve Metcho Monday, December 03, 2012 8:53:23 PM WTF.........!!
Mitch Alspaw Mitch Alspaw Monday, December 03, 2012 8:59:53 PM that's redonqulious to ever boot a emergency apperatus.
John Love John Love Monday, December 03, 2012 9:15:34 PM WTF...
Sheryl Dee Williams Memorial Sheryl Dee Williams Memorial Monday, December 03, 2012 9:22:51 PM Soone needs a trip to the Graybar Hotel. Booting any Emergency Vehicle, wether on a call or not is criminal.
Bob Auler Bob Auler Tuesday, December 04, 2012 2:02:28 AM in the '80s in champaign, illinois, a restaurant explosion left smoking ruins and people scorched and burned. across the street was a bob evans. the cook ran to help. he was instrumental in saving several people. on his return he was fired. can't leave those grits orders unfilled this has been a burden for the bob evans to carry for 30 years.
Rick Hebert Rick Hebert Tuesday, December 04, 2012 2:40:02 AM Ahhhh, only in the big easy
Taylor McDonald Taylor McDonald Tuesday, December 04, 2012 8:20:45 AM LOL
Ed Thibault Ed Thibault Tuesday, December 04, 2012 8:45:50 AM can't fix stupid.
Fran Blaesing Fran Blaesing Tuesday, December 04, 2012 12:05:53 PM Where in this world would a convenience store obtain a "boot"? Cetain parts of this story could not be true.
Rusty Daugharthy Rusty Daugharthy Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:03:57 PM you can't fix stupid.
Owen Rose Owen Rose Tuesday, December 04, 2012 7:43:35 PM Thank you for questioning what you read or see online. It seems that most of it is fictionalized.
Andre Van Hausen Andre Van Hausen Wednesday, December 05, 2012 12:01:08 PM That's exactly what he gets for being old and having the audacity to experience chest pains in the south. Just like that Cohen Brothers flick this is "No Country For Old Men"...Next time we'll tow you away and you can be resuscitated in the impound surrounded by semi-feral guard dogs. This is america not a parking lot for EMT's and their patients....someone needs to get their ass fired STAT!
Debbie Holbrook Bass Debbie Holbrook Bass Thursday, December 06, 2012 11:38:57 AM that is ridiculous!
Barry King Barry King Wednesday, May 07, 2014 8:33:08 AM Jason Low I agree totally with Jason. Along with the patient filling a civil suit against them. If that was my family, I would sue them big time and I'm not a sue happy kind of guy.

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