The Italian Mafia Is Threatening Ambulance To Stop Using Sirens

An ambulance carrying several injured passengers evacuated by helicopter from the burning ferry “Norman Atlantic” adrift off Albania, leaves the Fortunato Cesari military airport in Galatina, southern Italy, on December 28, 2014. Desperate passengers pleaded by mobile phone live on TV to be saved from a burning ferry adrift off Albania on Sunday as rescuers battled gale-force winds and billowing smoke to get to them. AFP PHOTO / NUNZIO GIOVE (Photo credit should read NUNZIO GIOVE/AFP/Getty Images)

In the southern city of Naples, Italy, the mafia has found yet another way to surprise us. They are reportedly threatening the local ambulances to stop using their sirens because it scares off the potential drug deals. The sirens are similar to that of the police units, thus scaring off dealers from completing their transactions.

Two members of the mafia were have said to recently shout, “Haven’t you understood you cannot use your siren here? Turn it off or we’ll shoot you,” at one of the ambulance drivers. Sadly, this encounter resulted in the ambulance not reaching a patient in time who was suffering a cardiac arrest.

42-year-old emergency doctor Manuel Ruggiero and community organizer commented:

“We have already been ordered not to use sirens in other neighborhoods, including Sanita and Traiano, where the locally based ambulance turns on its siren only after it leaves the area.”

According to the city, over 300 incidents like this have happened in the past three years. The most recent incident happened in the Spanish quarter.

Ambulance crews are now asking for police escorts to and from calls due to these instances. Perhaps it’s a bit of a backfire from what the mafia had originally intended.