'Vital' equipment stolen from ambulance

Published Saturday, 21 April 2012
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A man has been burned and an ambulance left off road, after it was targeted by thieves during an arson attack at a house in west Belfast.

'Vital' equipment stolen from ambulance
McDonnell Street area, west Belfast, where the theft occurred. (© UTV)

A motorbike parked at the back of houses at McDonnell Street was set on fire shortly after 4am on Saturday.

As he tried to extinguish the blaze, the male occupant's face, hands, and feet were burned. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The Fire Service put out the fire and as paramedics treated the man for his injuries, a vital piece of equipment was stolen from their ambulance.

Ambulance Service spokesman John McPoland said the MDT screen - the screen by which control centre communicates with crews while they are on the road - is a "very important piece of equipment to us".

When the MDT screen is stolen we then have to take that vehicle off the road. It will probably be Monday afternoon at the earliest before we can replace that.

John McPoland

The vehicle's sat nav was also taken during the incident and Mr McPoland said although thefts from ambulances are not common, it has happened before.

"We would ask anybody who would be predisposed to stealing any equipment from any vehicle to consider why an ambulance is parked up.

"It means that an ambulance crew is attending a patient who needs their help, in a life and death situation probably, and we would ask them to show some kind of consideration to the service that we provide for their own communities and to ensure that ambulances are left untouched while attending scenes," he added.

© UTV News
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ronnie in belfast wrote (726 days ago):
lets see if i have got this motor bike burns man trys to put fire out gets burnt Ambulance crew get robbed as they are doing thankless job ( in some areas )i take it lots blue lights and sierns going off .that mean lots of people out of homes looking at least looking out windows ,and during aLL this some toe rag steal kit that is of no use to them ,and eamonn your blaming psni .O I KNOW NOBODY SEEN ANYTHING AS PER NORM I LAY BLAME ON THE AREA AND PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE STAND UP TO THE SCUM WHO ARE RUINING YOUR AREA WHAT EVER PART OFF BELFAST YOU LIVE IN AS FOR PSNI STOPING ANY CRIME THEY NEED PROOF COME ON STAND UP SORT OUT YOUR AREA DONT BLAME OTHERS ,YOU MAY NEED THAT ambulance SOME DAY
robert in ards wrote (727 days ago):
scumbag of the highest order stealing from a ambulance.
Tomc in Belfast wrote (727 days ago):
Great - Eamonn Andrews, turns this into a pop at the cop - the reason these thugs / scum / gangs / wasters get away with most of it, is because those who witness it won't and don't come forward - criticise society and those who won't back up what they want before you have a go at the police. Get real!.....
Orla in Belfast wrote (727 days ago):
UNREAL, wonder how these people would feel if they or a member of their family needed the ambulance service tonight and none were available, scum is too light for these kinda people, any chance of catching them and giving them a real punishment !!!! that would deter others from doing the same or will they just get another tap on the wrist and let go off and cause more havoc..... really like people the systems are laughable there is no deter-ants against the young one of society today, neither afraid of getting in trouble with their parents schools society or the law.......
Eamonn Andrews in Lower falls area wrote (727 days ago):
I WONDER WILL MATT BAGGOTT GET THE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT BACK THAT THIEVES STOLE FROM AN AMBULANCE. HE IS BUSY TELLING EVERYONE THAT HE GOING TO CLAMP DOWN ON THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CARRYING OUT PUNISHMENT SHOOTINGS/BEATINGS. IF HE WAS TO FOCUS MORE ON THE CRIMINAL THUGS IN THE LOWER FALLS AND OTHER AREAS. THESE GROUPINGS WOULD NOT BE CARRYING OUT THESE ACTIONS. THE PSNI ARE LOOKING FOR SUPPORT FROM PEOPLE IN THESE AREAS, BUT HOW CAN PEOPLE SUPPORT SOME THING THEY DONT HAVE FAITH IN. THE PEOPLE NEED SOME PROOF THAT POLICING IS WORKING AND ITS NOT ALL HOT AIR.
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