will be episode 2 of the story "It takes to long before a wounded
person get help."
that was published in this corner on October 14th, quoted was Mr
J. van Bekkum from Vlagtwedde, Red Cross Staffmember. "It takes
to long before the ambulance arrives at an accident scene and above
all the ambulances are not good enough equiped for instance a respiratory
apparatus is missing."
Here follows the opposite of his argument. Quoted is taxi and ambulance
entrepeneur Dirk de Grooth (30) from Winschoten.
de Grooth has just shown me that he can drive from his garage (Winschoten)
to the heart of the village of Sellingen in exactly 15 minutes (I
can feel my heart throbbing in my throat, but De Grooth looked very
calm) And Sellingen is way out of his normal zone of operation.
equipment of the ambulance does also silence Mr J. van Bekkum, or
will at least satisfy him: Respiratory apparatus, suction apparatus,
oxygen apparatus, spineplank, splint material (of which the inflatible
splint can also be used as pressure bandages) extended first aid
kit, pillows, sandbags, a stretcher with special suspension and
a hydraulic press which can be used by freeing people from wrecks
and most of all a radiotelephone which can be used to quickly inform
the hospital or to redirect the drivers when on their way to a 'usual'
patient to an accident
The emergency ambulance has always two, E.H.B.O .(E.H.B.O. = Eerste
Hulp Bij Ongelukken = First Aid At Accidents) certificated, at the
hospital of Winschoten trained persons. At night there are always
drivers stand by, with an ambulance on their frontstep. Bridge-men
and police all cooperate to keep road crossings and bridges enroute
to an accident clear.
Next to the emergency ambulance Dirk de Grooth has three normal ambulances.
"A new completely equiped car has just been ordered in the USA"
tells De Grooth
"I've turned transporting wounded into an hobby and all of my
people consider it an honour to help a fellow human being" says
the transport entrepeneur.
"photographer too much"
my request photographer Geert Hut from Groningen went to Winschoten
to take some pictures from taxi entrepeneur D. de Grooth (see
Just as he arrived, Dirk de Grooth had to leave with his ambulance,
there had been an accident on a building-site in Winschoten.
"Action pictures" thought Hut and followed De Grooth.
But the men on the building-site thought differently. Hut had
just left his car when was surrounded by 15 builders and was
removed, in a friendly but unyielding way, from the building-site
Press photographers are tough , but not tough enough to take
on 15 firmly built builders. So no action picture, but above
published posed picture of Dirk de Grooth. The builders didn't
Not only with administrators and other as 'governors' marked
persons is the desire for the nowadays much asked openess only
aimed at "the other one"
An accident can happen to anyone, but only when it happens to
someone else do you want to read about it in the paper.