Why was my ambulance ride to the hospital so bumpy and uncomfortable?

The patient cot has a thin, firm mattress that lays directly on an aluminum frame and provides very little comfort. Unfortunately, the cot must be firm in order for us to perform CPR on critically ill patients. In addition, we try to respond to medical emergencies as quickly as possible in order to provide timely, life-saving treatment. Consequently, this requires vehicles with good road-handling characteristics. If these large, heavy vehicles had a softer, more "spongy" suspension that would provide a smoother ride, they would not be safe to drive to the scene as quickly as possible. 

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1. Can I get my blood pressure checked at the fire station?
2. Why do I get a fire engine when I called 911 for an ambulance?
3. Why was my ambulance ride to the hospital so bumpy and uncomfortable?
4. What is the difference between an EMT and Paramedic?
5. Does the Fire Department have a privacy policy that protects patient information?
6. How does 911 know of permanent medical conditions or hazard at my address?