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Should Parking Garages Be Required to Own Emergency Vehicles?

Bill introduced by two senators after emergency services could not respond to man shot in head last December.

Members of the New Jersey senate proposed a bill this month that would require facilities with parking garages unable to accommodate ambulances to have their own on-site emergency vehicles.

The impetus of the bill occurred in The Mall at Short Hills last December, when a Hoboken man was shot in the head during a carjacking inside the parking garage. Dustin Friedland, a Toms River native, had to wait 20 minutes to be loaded into the ambulance from the time his wife first called emergency services.

That ambulance was unable to access the parking garage due to the low clearance at the entrance, which forced emergency personnel to wheel a stretcher up several levels to Friedland, and bring him back down.

Senator Richard Codey and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. introduced the legislation. Jamie Schare Friedland, now widowed, filed suit in March against the Millburn First Aid Squad and Universal Protection Services LLC, which provides security services to the mall, among others.

Should parking garages in New Jersey be required to have their own emergency services vehicle?

Paul in NJ May 27, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Sure, what's the problem? Simply require that every parking garage maintain at least one - and preferably two - fully-staffed, state-of-the-art ambulances. They only run, oh, $100,000 apiece. Ah, but then they'll require fully-certified trained EMTs to man them, 24/7. What's wrong with that? Oh, and of course there's hugely expensive liability insurance. But JEEZ WE'RE TALKING LIVES AT STAKE HERE. Of course, it will cost you, say, $250/hour to park, but IF IT SAVES ONE LIFE blah blah blah. Damned politicians.
Art Vatsky May 27, 2014 at 09:21 PM
This is an "over the top" issue. ANY vehicle in the arage could have taken the wounded person down to where the ambulance could meet it. A parking lot owned vehicle would be ideal but it would be a multi-use vehicle, one that probably already exists. The other option is to NOT Park in a structure not large enough for an ambulance.
grace May 28, 2014 at 08:40 AM
cant there be some sort of first aid office in with security at the mall? with stretchers etc then they get the patient to the ambulance fast!
Doug Fenichel May 28, 2014 at 08:57 AM
The last thing needed is more laws that tell people how to do the obvious. Many emergency service organizations have converted SUVs to units that, in a pinch, can transport a patient short distances. We don't need laws, just common sense. By the way, what if it wasn't a shooting...what if it was a car fire?
Heywood May 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Profile the thugs.

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