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City police to launch ambulance service

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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 10:15

Thiruvananthapuram: In an attempt to improve the capital’s quick response system to accidents, the City police are planning to have two ambulances of their own soon after Onam. Two tempo travellers, one from the existing fleet of the city police and another that has been newly procured, will form the ambulance team, with drivers and constables being trained to function as quick response staff. City Police Commissioner H. Venkatesh said the training for the staff was already on, with the constables to be equipped with basic knowledge on how to deal with an accident, administer first aid and carry out other necessary actions required before an accident victim reaches the hospital.

The police ambulances would be a supplement to the ‘108’ ambulance service, but would confine their services to the city limits, he said. The death of a man, who was knocked down by a vehicle at Thampanoor recently, after an ambulance failed to shift him to hospital on time, was among the primary factors that had made the City Police think of operating their own ambulance service, Mr. Venkatesh said, pointing out that the situation, where the injured man lay bleeding in the heart of the city and had to depend on an autorickshaw to reach the hospital, was pathetic.

The police ambulances would try their best to avoid such situations on the city’s streets. The public can dial 100 to avail themselves of the police ambulance services whenever required, the Commissioner said. The two tempo travellers, he added, would be equipped with first-aid kits, stretchers, oxygen cylinders and all other necessary equipment to administer first aid.  The service was being initiated and operated using funds of the city police. Though the idea was to launch the service early last month, the busy schedule during the festival season and then the training for the constables is learnt to have delayed the launch of the ambulances.

“They will be launched soon after Onam,” the Police Commissioner said, adding that all other necessary preparations for the service were completed.