[Tagging] emergency=*

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sun Aug 8 20:02:46 BST 2010

On Wed, 28 Jul 2010 15:43:38 +1000, Steve Bennett wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 3:19 PM, John Smith
> <deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In Australia the ambulance service is a completely different
>> organisation to fire and police and I can almost bet some would be
>> tagged amenity=ambulance or amenity=ambulance_station... That isn't to
>> say we should keep doing this if nothing else has been documented or
>> used extensively...
> Coming up with tagging schemes for stuff like this hard, because of the
> different ways different countries group stuff. I was recently in an
> ambulance in France, and chatting with the people inside I was surprised
> to learn that in addition to being ambulance officers they also acted as
> firemen: they were "sapeurs-pompiers", and were employed by the local
> council. They contrasted themselves with "ambulanciers" who are employed
> by a hospital.

We have the same thing in the United States.  "Fire & Rescue" as opposed 
to "ambulance service."  Both carry emergency medical technicians, but 
the former are almost always trained firefighters as well, and the latter 
is almost always a privately owned contractor to the city.

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