City of Red Wing

Why does the ambulance stay on the scene of an accident or incident?

There are many reasons an ambulance might remain on a scene: 

  • Scene safety is a primary concern on every call. At times it may be unsafe for an ambulance to enter or leave a scene until safety concerns are resolved.
  • Firefighter/paramedics are able treat some medical conditions on scene without requiring the patient to be transported to the hospital.
  • Under non-emergency conditions, firefighter/paramedics conduct a thorough examination and gather patient information prior to transporting a patient to the hospital. 
  • A patient’s condition may require that advanced medical procedures are performed and medications administered, prior to transport, in order to stabilize a patient’s condition.
  • Victims of motor vehicle crashes and other accidents may require extrication, specialized rescue or advance medical procedures prior to being transported to the hospital.
  • An ambulance may remain on scene and provide patient care while awaiting arrival of a medical helicopter to transport critical patients to the most appropriate facility.