Bangkok Podcast 63: Bangkok Free Ambulance

Every Westerner knows that when you’re hurt back home, you call the emergency number and get taken to the hospital, but things in Bangkok work a little differently. Today we talk with Marko Cunningham from Bangkok Free Ambulance, a service that he has run for many years – at his own expense, no less – that provides free ambulance services for those who need it, Thais, tourists and expats alike.

In between his regular day job and finding time to enjoy Bangkok, Marko and his team respond to emergency calls, dealing with everything from lost snakes to mangled corpses. Marko gives us the inside scoop on how Thai emergency services work, what happens when an ambulance is stuck in traffic, the scary truth about how much training EMT’s in Bangkok have, and why he’s usually the first person on his team to touch a dead body.

We are also joined by Wendy Edney from SCAD (Soi Cats and Dogs) who tells us about her efforts to rescue, save, clean, and support the thousands of cats and dogs that run around Bangkok. SCAD arranges everything from spaying and neutering to overseas adoptions, and is a great service to our furry friends that are often overlooked in the Big Mango.

Both Bangkok Free Ambulance and Soi Cats & Dogs run entirely on donations. If you have some extra Baht/Dollars/Euros/Yen lying around please consider a donation to these worthy organizations.

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