The variety of car enthusiasts throughout the country may be innumerable. Each of these four-wheeled clubs or communities has almost increased and spread throughout Indonesia. No exception to communities that have legality to help escort and guide ambulances.
Traffic jams in the city of Jakarta make the way for ambulances often obstructed. To that end, an ambulance escort community emerged. They will open roads in congestion and take an ambulance to their destination. Seeing this, the Car Enthusiasts Indonesian Escorting Ambulance (IEA) organization tries to legalize itself as a humanitarian social organization or a volunteer organization, whose activities are not only guiding ambulances. But all forms of rescue activities such as disaster activities and so on will be carried out by each member who is part of the Indonesian Escorting Ambulance organization.
Carrying out the noble mission of escorting an ambulance so that it doesn’t get stuck in traffic and still getting priority on the road, the Indonesian Escorting Ambulance (Ambulance Guard Community) admits that it doesn’t get paid at all. Then where does the operational money come from?
Ambulance is a type of vehicle in Indonesia that has high priority and is free from traffic rules. Even so, it is not uncommon for this vehicle to be hampered in carrying out its duties while there are other road users who are selfish. This ambulance problem has knocked the hearts of car enthusiasts who are members of the Indonesian Escorting Ambulance (IEA). The IEA is a social organization that actively escorts ambulance trips to avoid traffic jams and all the obstacles.
Well, as it is known that cars need maintenance fuel for the road, do members get a commission for each task? IEA founder said his community does not make any money from helping ambulances. He added that starting from the cost, time and energy have become something that members are willing to give up every time they help an ambulance. They must be burdened from the expenses such as fuel, energy and their thoughts. So that is voluntarily.
The main motivation for many who join these members is that they have a high social spirit. There are also those who have special experience with ambulance transportation, so they are called to help. This year, right in October, the IEA was officially established for 3 years. Until now, the community has become a forum for 2,000 volunteers who are ready to guide ambulance trips.
As a rule of law, many things have been regulated, including regulations regarding vehicles that have top priority on the road. Of the various types of vehicles given priority, only official cars seemed to have special privileges. Other priority vehicles such as ambulances where people’s lives are at stake are often not given that priority. Instead of being escorted by the police, civilians who were members of the ambulance escort community intervened.
Although at first glance this car enthusiasts community is like ‘heroes’, their existence cannot be said to be true. According to the regulations, escorting was not their job but the duty of the police. Not to mention that in practice, it is often seen as troubling other road users, such as using sirens or being arrogant.