I served as a part-time volunteer with St. John Ambulance back in South Africa many years ago. It was a fascinating time, seeing the streets from the perspective of EMS and the seedier side of life from many angles. I was never a paramedic or EMT in the US sense; merely a concerned citizen who volunteered first to be trained, then to serve, without compensation. I don't know whether such services even exist in the USA, but this was half a world away and more than a generation ago.
Be that as it may, I can recall a few fairly hairy rides as the driver tried to get to hospital as quickly as possible, leaving the (qualified) emergency medical technician and his volunteer assistant (that would be me) to try to keep the patient alive and/or on the stretcher while he did so. I caught one baby halfway through a ride like that . . . we went round a corner on what felt like two wheels, Momma said "EEEK!" and whoops, there came Junior, straight down the chute! Fortunately, I was able to stop the baby from hitting the floor. We had a (rather shaky) laugh about it when we got to the hospital. At the time . . . not so much.
In that light, I found this article at Jalopnik fascinating. It describes an ambulance covering a 15-minute road trip in just six minutes. Looking at the speed, I don't think the medics in the back had a hope in hell of doing anything useful during that time!
I see that my buddy Ambulance Driver has already commented on his blog about the video. I'll have to have a beer or three with him next time we meet, and exchange stories of hell-rides we have known. (I'm betting he's had a lot more than I have!)