Defibrillator stolen from ambulance

Defibrillator stolen from ambulance

Paramedics attending a call in Belfast city centre have had a defibrillator stolen from their ambulance.

The vital piece of equipment was snatched from the vehicle as the medics treated a patient in a doorway on the Dublin Road at around 8.20pm on Wednesday.The Ambulance Service said the stolen piece of equipment was valued between £10,000 and £12,000 and could be dangerous in the hands of an untrained individual.John McPoland, from the service, said: "The crew were working on a patient when this occurred and it was fortunate they did not need the defibrillator."The person who did this had no thought whatsoever for the community or those who may have needed it."John McPoland said the crew were off the road for a "minimal period" to allow them to re-equip their vehicle.He added: "This is the last thing we need and I would appeal to the person responsible to just return it."Either hand it in to a responsible person in the community or let us know where it is, or call the police."This is a defib similar to the one stolen from ambulance in Belfast tonight. It's pretty weighty and hard to hide— NIAS (@NI_Amb_Service) September 3, 2014


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