Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has come up with some rather dank memes in the past.https://www.facebook.com/SCDFpage/posts/10155661038130583:0
They've started off the new year in quite the form, with a message that plays on the most viral topic in Singapore at the moment.
Here is their latest post.In case you can't see it.
The picture shows a bespectacled man, passively looking forward as a lady is behind talking to someone, perhaps a emergency call, perhaps a fake Go-Jek representative.
It is accompanied by this caption.
"It doesn't matter who you are, we will convey you to the hospital but only in an emergency.
For non-emergencies, please call 1777 or seek alternative transportation (such as taxis, Grab or Gojek) for appropriate medical treatment.
*Psst, our ambulance doors auto-lock for your own safety. So do not be unnecessarily alarmed. Please!
Take note of the little auto-lock comment, and the altered hashtag, which would usually read A Nation of Life Savers, clever.
The meme highlights a real issue for SCDF, namely non-emergency calls taking away resources from actual emergency situations.
According to SCDF, each year, about 10 percent of 995 calls are non-emergencies.
Which is terrible, because an actual emergency call might be delayed while attending to a non-emergency one.
"Each year, about 10% of 995 calls are non-emergencies such as constipation, coughs and skin rashes. When an ambulance attends to a non-emergency case, someone who may be experiencing a severe condition, such as cardiac arrest, would be deprived of the much needed medical intervention by the EMS crew.
SCDF will not be responding to non-emergency calls. Callers will be advised to seek treatment at nearby clinics and for those who insist on going a hospital, they would be advised to make their own arrangement or call 1777 for a non-emergency ambulance."
Call 1777, or take alternative transport instead.