Stolen ambulance recovered

Published 9:35am Thursday, April 25, 2013

Employees with Haynes Ambulance were meeting Monday morning to discuss new protocol in regard to parking their ambulances in emergency room docking bays.
The meeting came on the heels of one of the company’s ambulances being stolen from the ER bay of UAB Medical Center Saturday night.
“There were four ambulances in the bay, and he decided to take ours,” said Kirk Barrett, chief operations officer for Haynes.
Barrett said he has video of the man who took the ambulance, which was later found about 10 blocks away from UAB in a parking lot.
“I would expect this guy is gonna get picked up (Monday) or (Tuesday),” Barrett said.
The ambulance was transferring a patient from Elmore County to UAB Saturday, according to Barrett.
“As soon as our folks took the patient into the ER, he jumped in and took off with it,” Barrett said.
The ambulance was taken around 8 p.m. Saturday.
Barrett said the man who took the ambulance was a white male, but could not guess at his age.
This is the second time in three months an ambulance from Haynes has been reported stolen.
Barrett said about two months ago a patient at Elmore Community Hospital in Wetumpka jumped into an ambulance and drove off.
He was later pulled over on U.S. Highway 231 South less than five miles away from the hospital.
“We are going to have to talk about introducing new protocols in regard to leaving our ambulances,” Barrett said. “We have to keep them running so we can keep them at a proper temperature when we transport patients.”
, so we can’t just cut them off and lock them up every time.”

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