A DUBLIN FIRE Brigade ambulance was stolen at a housing estate in Dublin last night while attending a call out.
The ambulance, which was found shortly afterwards crashed at a nearby park, had been called to a house in the Corduff Grove area of Blanchardstown in west Dublin at around 7pm yesterday evening.
Paramedics were attending to a person within the house who had taken ill when two people are believed to have taken the vehicle.
Local Fianna Fáil councillor David McGuinness said local residents were shocked by the incident.
“There would be some anti-social behaviour in the area but this is off the scale,” he told TheJournal.ie. “We’ve never heard of such a callous crime where someone would steal an ambulance when it was at someone’s home. It’s beyond comprehension”.
A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said as many precautions as possible are taken by ambulance crew members but that such incidents still happen.”It’s the nature of what we have to deal with,” he told TheJournal.ie.
No damage was caused to the ambulance and nothing is believed to have been taken from it. A second ambulance was called to the scene to deal with the initial incident.
The ambulance was found crashed at nearby Corduff Park shortly afterwards.