Pornographic Film Created in Ambulance Under Investigation

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A pornographic film is under investigation for having been recorded in an Icelandic ambulance, reports Fréttablaðið.

Authorities state they are taking the matter seriously and that an investigation into the matter has begun.

According to Fréttablaðið, the capital region fire department was alerted to the existence of the video via a confidential tip.

The incident is significant as the sale and production of pornography are illegal in Iceland. The incident also raises concerns over security, and how the individuals responsible for the pornographic film were able to gain access to the ambulance in question.

The film in question features a woman posing as a patient and a man as an emergency medical technician.

Sources report that after an internal investigation, it was concluded that although the ambulance in question is indeed Icelandic, it was not operated by the capital area fire department.

Authorities have concluded that the ambulance is either from another municipality, or else an older vehicle that has been sold to a private individual.

The incident was an occasion for some moral outrage, with some condemning the use of a vehicle used to treat the sick and dying for such purposes.

Despite the outrage, however, there is no indication that the ambulance is currently in service.

Spokesperson for the capital area fire department, Ásdís Gíslason, stated: “The issue is being taken very seriously, and we regret having been involved in this matter.”

Update: Video Likely Filmed at Skógarhlið in Reykjavík

According to the latest information, the ambulance in question was located in the fire department facility in Skógarhlið.

Since the matter has been reported in the media, authorities have received numerous tips. Now, they state that several clues from the video indicate that it was indeed recorded at a fire department building in Reykjavík.

Birgir Finnsson, assistant fire chief in the capital area, stated that there are no security cameras at Skógarhlið, as it had not previously been considered necessary.

When asked if other individuals had access to the facility, he stated that although “the building is of course just for use by the fire department, there is something going on that we’re looking into.”

Patients Wait in Ambulances Due to Lack of Beds in ER

All of the beds in Landspítali’s emergency room at Fossvogur were full on Friday night, forcing patients to wait in ambulances until beds became available in the ER, RÚV reports.

According to the duty officer at the Metropolitan Fire Department, which also oversees capital-area ambulance transportation, it’s not unusual for patients to wait for a bed in the ER, although the duty officer was careful to say that Friday’s situation is not a common problem. Rather they stressed that paramedics provide patient care to those waiting to be admitted to the ER and room is always made for priority patients.

See Also: Mass Resignations at the University Hospital

Fourteen nurses resigned from the ER at the end of August, largely due to stress within the department.

According to Soffía Steingrímsdóttir, who was an ER nurse at the Landspítali for almost eight years, the resignations were “a long time coming. We’ve been trying to call attention to stressful work conditions and the threat to the safety of our patients for years now. Over these past two years, especially – when conditions have been unacceptable.”

At the time, hospital director Runólfur Pálsson said that hospital administrators would do everything in their power to reverse this trend. “The work conditions are extremely difficult. There’s a lot of stress, which means that people resign, which leads to staff shortages, which makes things even more difficult. It’s a vicious cycle that we’ve been trying to break.”

On Friday, nurse and assistant head of the ER Hildur Dís Kristjánsdóttir weighed in, saying the ER didn’t need to employ as many nurses as it previously did, as there are fewer patients being admitted on a regular basis.

As of September 1, the hospital’s stated goal is that no more than 20 patients should be in the ER at any one time.

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Busy weekend for Reykjavík Police and Ambulances

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Public drunkenness and fights in the city centre kept the capital area police force and the Fire Department’s medical transport staff busy this weekend. On Sunday morning, the daily police log wasn’t sent out until the afternoon as there was no time to write one until then. The log states that several announcements of public drunkenness, noise complaints, and fights meant that all the police’s cells were full. They also noted several cases of people driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances and the Fire Department handled more than 250 medical transports. 

The police log states, among other events, that they were notified of two group fights, in one case, where individuals were armed with a knife and a hammer. They also received notice that a fight had broken out in a moving vehicle. A city-centre shop was broken into as well as an unnamed company. Several cars were broken into where windows were smashed and things were stolen. 

On Saturday night, they received notice that a person under the influence was threatening passers-by. They resisted arrest and kicked a police officer. An upset person was walking through the city centre during the night carrying a golf club and tried to flee from the police. By the morning, the police were notified that a drunk person was jumping in front of cars in the city centre, reportedly looking for a ride home. The police found him a taxi. 

The capital area fire department was also quite busy as there were many people in the city centre and a lot of drunkenness and altercations. “The city centre kept us extremely busy, long into the night,” Stefán Kristinsson with the capital area Fire Department told RÚV. “We had a long night with 50-60 medical transportations, which is very much for a night shift.” Stefán added that at no point was the strain on the medical transport staff such that any danger was caused, although they answered over 250 medical transport calls over the weekend. “In addition to the city centre, there has also been some COVID-related transportation.”

One ambulance is out of commission after a bottle was thrown at the car’s rear window. The missile came from a crowd of people and the thrower is unknown.

Ninety-Four Ambulance and Six Fire Callouts This Weekend

There were 94 ambulance callouts in the capital area this weekend. Vísir reports that 22 of those were related to COVD-19 and 34 were considered ‘high priority’ calls. No further information was available on the nature of the COVID-19 callouts at time of writing.

In addition, the fire department was called six times this weekend. Five of the calls were related to minor incidences. There was, however, one major fire incident at the Matfugl poultry plant in Mosfellsbær in the early hours of Sunday morning. Firefighters were luckily able to put out the fire quickly and are now investigating the cause.

Iceland to Receive 25 New Ambulances With Updated Design

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This summer Iceland will receive 25 new ambulances, and the brand-new vehicles will feature a fresh design meant to make them more visible. The Icelandic Red Cross, which has operated the country’s ambulance fleet for the past 90 years, posted some pictures of the new vehicles on Facebook earlier today.

https://www.facebook.com/raudikrossinn/posts/1898080416989514

The new design features checkered Battenburg (or Battenberg) markings, high-visibility markings used on emergency vehicles in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and several other countries. Battenburg markings were developed in the mid-1990s in the UK, originally for traffic patrol cars.

Mother Gives Birth In Ambulance En Route to Hospital

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An expectant mother had an unexpectedly eventful ambulance ride to the hospital on Friday night, giving birth to her child on her way to the hospital, RÚV reports.

The ambulance was transporting the mother from the Suðurnes peninsula in Southwest Iceland to the National and University Hospital in Reykjavík. The mother went into labour on the way and gave birth to her child in the ambulance on Reykjanesbraut. A midwife was present during the birth and both mother and child are in good health.