Priyanka Chakrabarti | SIMC Ink
One might have often seen an ambulance swooping its way through heavy traffic. We nervously watch the red and blue lights flash as the ambulance takes a wrong turn, breaks a traffic rule in a frenzy to reach the hospital. But have we ever wondered about the force that steers the vehicle? We certainly cannot imagine the pressures that ambulance drivers undergo several times a day.
One such man is B D Bansode, who has been working as an ambulance driver for the past 23 years. Talking about his journey so far, he says: “I have been working for Deendayal Memorial Hospital for about two years now. Initially, when I ventured into this profession, I used to feel apprehensive, the pressure at times was too much for me to handle. I used to easily get nervous when I had to bring down patients with burnt cases. This was something that I had to work upon over years. Now, as years have passed I have moulded myself into a much more mature person- I don’t let my emotions come into the way of my job.”
With the passage of time, one gets used to the toughest of jobs and so is the case with Bansode- now as he goes to attend a call, he leaves behind all his fears and nervousness and streamlines his focus; the only thought that he carries at that critical moment is- “I have to reach the hospital as fast as possible, as the life of the patient lies in my hands.”
Ambulance drivers, like Bansode, are trained to be strong. With time, their confidence levels are so high that even life and death situations do not shake their courage and determination. Moreover, being associated with the process of saving lives, all of them receive basic life saving training.
Amidst the high stress and pressure, there is one thing that keeps these unsung heroes going. At the end of all the humdrum of rushing to an emergency case, bringing the patient to the hospital by meandering through crazy traffic, bearing with the emotions of family members and undergoing constant pressure from the hospital and patient’s family- the drivers are left with the contentment of lending a helping hand to save a life.