Forum Deputy Chief
Really? Wow...thats just ridiculous. While we're highly encouraged to take the fastest, most direct route, as long as you get on scene in the 8 min ETA, they really dont carw what exact route you took.Just make sure to only take main streets during heavy traffic and avoid taking side streets as short cuts... or you'll get written up.
The other day I actually got a little lost and went south to the wrong cross street (call was on one of those small residential streets that stop and starts, so you have to enter off the right cross street), but figured out the mistake, re mapped, drove a block east to the next main street to go north to the correct cross street to enter the right neighborhood lol and got on scene in the allotted time and no one said anything.
In our Torrance and Redondo Beach city's where we respond code 2 (like Care does with OCFA) were encouraged to take those small side streets if it gets us around traffic on the main street (especially Torrance where we still have an 8 min ETA requirement, vs Redondo Beach which has like a 15 min ETA lol).
Even not making the 8 min ETA isn't automatic grounds for getting a write up, especially for calls out of district where it's simply too far away (or your stuck at one of those annoying traffic lights in Torrance that takes 3 min to cycle and it takes 2 cycles to get through ha)...pretty much unless you get lost in your own district and don't make the scene in the 8 min time limit when you clearly should have, you won't get a write up....ive been full time since essentially last April and have received precisely zero write ups for failing to meet ETAs or getting lost or anything like that...
Also, while we have the same requirement as Care for your partner to get out and ground guide you every time you back up somewhere (as long as you dont have a patient in the back), Care has an actual physical button on the outside of their ambulances that the attendant HAS to press whenever the driver shifts into reverse, and if not, they'll get an automatic write up if they don't have a patient in the back..