Defibrillator stolen from ambulance

Published Wednesday, 03 September 2014
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Paramedics attending a call in Belfast city centre have had a defibrillator stolen from their ambulance.

Defibrillator stolen from ambulance
The equipment was taken while a patient was receiving treatment. (© UTV)

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."

© UTV News
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8 Comments
Martin in Dublin wrote (47 days ago):
Shocking
Lee in Eglinton wrote (48 days ago):
My god why would anyone do this and at a time when our so called goverment has our health care in chaos . Has these thugs no thot that this could of been needed on this call . The courts need too be handing out 5 years sentence for anyone caught in anyway interfering with fire ambulance or police in there duty of care .
Reality in Belfast wrote (48 days ago):
Something seriously wrong with an individual who would do that and if caught sentence should be huge!
Belfast in Belfast wrote (48 days ago):
Im a youth support worker in the lower falls area and will pass the word around to appeal for the quick return of this life saving piece of equipment. I call on all like minded individuals in all areas of belfast to do the same. Thanks John
big d in out west wrote (48 days ago):
absolutely scandalous.what is the matter with people that they would steal a defibrillator....
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