Saturday 20 December 2014

Ambulance engine bursts into flames

Probe launched after a second fault in two days

Sarah Stack

Published 07/08/2014 | 16:06

Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance

The engine of an ambulance burst into flames in a Dublin city fire station.

The incident happened just two days after a seriously ill man was delayed getting to hospital when an ambulance broke down outside his home.

The patient, who was suffering a heart attack, had to be given CPR in the back of the ambulance until a second vehicle arrived at the scene, on Brian Road in Marino, to take him to hospital.

Dublin City Council confirmed they are investigating the incidents, which are the latest in a series of recent breakdowns involving the vital vehicles.

“I can confirm that an incident occurred on Tuesday when an ambulance experienced a problem with the tail lift,” said a spokeswoman.

“Another ambulance was called to the scene and arrived within minutes. The incident is currently under investigation by the council.”

Paramedics from Tara Street had rushed out to Marina after an emergency 999 call about a middle-aged man who was suffering a heart attack.

When the crew took him by stretcher into the vehicle the tail lift - the moveable platform at the back door of the ambulance which had been lowered – would not rise up again.

It is understood that as the medics called for a back-up ambulance the man went into cardiac arrest. He was given CPR in the back of the vehicle until another ambulance arrived from North Strand.

It is believed to be the same the vehicle which burst in to flames in North Strand Fire Station at about 10am this morning.

That vehicle, which was an older reserve ambulance brought in while usual ambulance based there was undergoing repairs, is now out of service.

“A very small fire occurred in the engine of an ambulance in North Strand Fire Station this morning,” a spokeswoman added.

“It was put out immediately. The brigade mechanic attended the station and the ambulance was driven to the workshop for investigation.”

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