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There are 49 comments on the NewsChannel5.com Nashville story from Jul 13, 2010, titled Fatal Crash Raises Questions Over Emergency Response - NewsChannel5.... In it, NewsChannel5.com Nashville reports that:

During a life-threatening emergency, most people would want the closest available help to rush to the scene.

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past chiefchief

United States

#1 Jul 13, 2010
very sad....auto aid should aways be in place...if it's bad help is there, if it's nothing but just damage to athe car then singal 9 the so called caught up in red tape department to cancel...this is very sad maybe next call as this till the city folks can get it together is to just drive the crew out on a test the truck run to the scene....

“I want to make it better...”

Since: May 07

Greenbrier, TN

#2 Jul 13, 2010
What's even worse is that it was stated that it's, "not a turf" deal. Actually it is. Until everybody can play fair together it will never happen. Sad but true.
Her Aunt

Hurricane, WV

#3 Jul 14, 2010
When did it become a bad idea to have too much help? Two ambulances sat idle while my neice died in a car.Even though the call came in for help nobody responded. How are you suppose to understand or accept that? Really, how? Everyone should ask themselves how would they feel if it had been their relative dieing on the side of a road, on the wrong side of "the turf". God help this world!
Pamela Clayton

Goodlettsville, TN

#4 Jul 14, 2010
I totally agree with Mrs. Gregory. I am the mother of the 21 year old woman that died also. I am angry above comprehension that this situation with the ambulances ever took place. Something definitely needs to be done regarding response times to save lives not stupid bounderies. Neither of these two young people will ever geta chance to live their dreams out.

“I want to make it better...”

Since: May 07

Greenbrier, TN

#5 Jul 14, 2010
Fully agreed here. Thank you, past chiefchief and ladies. My sympathies to both of you.
Lori Gregory

United States

#6 Jul 19, 2010
I would like a explanation of chief meadors remark since the 911 call log which i have a copy of has the initial caller talking of cars rolled over people pinned inside cars smoking people trying to get them out car is goin to catch on fire. this sounds pretty serious how did they not know how serious this is.
Lori Gregory

United States

#7 Jul 19, 2010
Pamela Clayton wrote:
I totally agree with Mrs. Gregory. I am the mother of the 21 year old woman that died also. I am angry above comprehension that this situation with the ambulances ever took place. Something definitely needs to be done regarding response times to save lives not stupid bounderies. Neither of these two young people will ever geta chance to live their dreams out.
Ms. Clayton
I am so sorry for both of our losses I can only hope that enough people join us in making sure that this never happens again. Please if you need anything I am here and know what you are goin through. When I was told that metro told Robertson county not to respond I was devasted. Lives are not what we should have terrritory issues over and I will fight to the bitter end to change this.
Lori Gregory
Lori Gregory

United States

#8 Jul 19, 2010
past chiefchief wrote:
very sad....auto aid should aways be in place...if it's bad help is there, if it's nothing but just damage to athe car then singal 9 the so called caught up in red tape department to cancel...this is very sad maybe next call as this till the city folks can get it together is to just drive the crew out on a test the truck run to the scene....
If we are goin to have territory wars it should be over trash pick up and not lives saved. I appreciate your support. This mutual aid must change. The chief sad he didnt know how bad it was when in reality he did the 911 caller said there are people pinned inside one car is rolled over cars are smoking about to catch on fire how much more serious should it be.
Grace

Kingsport, TN

#9 Jul 19, 2010
I completely agree with Mrs. Gregory! I think it is absolutely ridiculous that our friend, her son was lost because Davidson County didn't ask for help. You shouldnt have to ask, if someone else can arrive at the scene before you, than its appropriate for them to get there asap. And like Mrs. Gregory had mentioned, the 911 call was very serious, so how could you have not known how 'serious' it was?! Whether he would've lived or not we don't know, like Lori said.. But it is still common sense that there may have been more of a Chance is someone else had been there sooner. I can not Believe Davidson told Robertson not to go. It is absolutely ridiclous! They couldve driven out there and been there in 2 MINUTES... Really? Even is it 'wasnt that serious', it's not like they came from far away.. Lord, help this world and this government..
karren Scott

Madison, TN

#10 Jul 19, 2010
It would be nice if all counties could respond,If it would have been one of the Metro's people you can bet one of the other counties would have been there. Someone with some brain needs to have this changed ASAP !!!!!
Meriah Harris

Springfield, TN

#11 Jul 19, 2010
We have to drive that ridge every day, as tax paying U.S. citizens I would hope that who the hell ever is closest will respond, But there are dozen of roads out there just like Springfield Hwy. that the "turf war" is being raged on every day, I hope to God that the people wake up and understand that there playing with lives, its a money thing and a territory thing, but the truth will come out.
walter_w

La Vergne, TN

#12 Jul 19, 2010
This was the most tragic story I have seen regarding emergency response teams. It seems to me that within the ETHICS of life saving the nearest EMS team would have recieved permission to respond to this emergency call until Davidson County, came to the scene. I agree with Ms. Gregory, if it was my child in that predicament, I would want the closest EMS team responding to the call as oppose of the wait time for Davidson County to respond. This is a sad story, and really needs to be addressed with promptness by Robertson and Davidson County Officials ASAP.
cyndi

Marysville, WA

#13 Jul 19, 2010
wow. that is so ridiculous. i cannot believe that because of some jourisdictional lines, which have no meaning, cost the life of some poor unsuspecting soul.
cyndi

Marysville, WA

#14 Jul 19, 2010
someone died because of beaurocrosy and proprty laws. again.
Maryland Fire Dude

Preston, MD

#15 Jul 21, 2010
Agree with "PAST CHIEF" on auto aid. There is a stretch of RT 295 (Balt-Wash PKWY) in Md that goes thru 3 areas in 5 minutes. Usually an accident on it brings equipment going North from Anne Arundel County, South from Baltimore City and Baltimore County is in the middle, they respond in once the location is pin pointed.(callers usually can not give good location). We have equipment respond from both directions on any major road due to back ups etc. and it doesn't matter what is written on the side of the unit. This works excellent-why can not other areas do it. Closest units go!
Hicoor

Eugene, OR

#16 Jul 21, 2010
First I'd like to express my sincere condolences to Pamela and Lori, may your children RIP. As for the apparent turf war. I have to ask the question, how can chief's, city or county administrators be so callus toward the people they are suppose to be serving. Ignorance is no excuse here, and you can be sure a number of persons were/are/have been aware of the situation for sometime. While it won't bring back our young people, there is plenty of blame to share here, and frankly multiply persons should loss their jobs.

Since: Apr 09

Portland, TN

#18 Jul 22, 2010
Hicoor wrote:
First I'd like to express my sincere condolences to Pamela and Lori, may your children RIP. As for the apparent turf war. I have to ask the question, how can chief's, city or county administrators be so callus toward the people they are suppose to be serving. Ignorance is no excuse here, and you can be sure a number of persons were/are/have been aware of the situation for sometime. While it won't bring back our young people, there is plenty of blame to share here, and frankly multiply persons should loss their jobs.
You are so right. People should lose their jobs, but if higher people over them told them to handle these situations in this manner maybe they were just doing what they have been told. If this is the case then the "higher" boss should be the one who has to answer for this very sad accident that should have been handled different.

My prays go to the families involved. I can't imagine my child dying like this and knowing help could have gotten to them earlier if only they would have let them. Someone should answer for this.
Krystle Barnett

United States

#19 Jul 22, 2010
The closest station should have known. And should have taken action. Thanks to this we have lost a great young man.
female1

Chapel Hill, TN

#21 Jul 22, 2010
My condolences to both families. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that if someone working in the EMS field is potentially closer to the scene of an accident than you may be, you ask for help. Is money an issue here? Gas? Operation expenses? Because responding to an accident is their job, pay doesn't change, and honestly, there is no amount of money that can replace the lives of those young people. I just don't get it.I would be infuriated, Lori. This is definitely a problem that needs immediate resolve.
Jeff

Nashville, TN

#22 Jul 22, 2010
So sorry for the loss at the heart of this discussion. What can we do to help? Well, nothing for what's already happened ... BUT, hopefully by helping to shed light on the procedural snafu's we can help to avoid ANOTHER tragedy from having such devastating results.

Hopefully News Channel 5 , or some other media can shed some embarassing light on whoever it is that has the authority to CHANGE such bad (insufficient) procedural policy. Change is not just necessary, it is inevitable. We ARE the power to make it happen!

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