Touching wood, I have only ever ridden in a decomisioned one which somebody I knew bought as a private vehicle. It had lots of room in the back where they'd taken out the equipment and didn't have the siren or insignia any more. I am in no hurry to ride in one in an emergency.
I was in an ambulance recently, when my daughter developed croup in the middle of the night and could not breathe and my husband was at night shift i.e. no car at home. The paramedics were awesome. I rode in the front seat as I had another child who had to come with me as well. Now my daughter keeps asking me when she is going in an ambulance again because she had so much fun!!
It was for me... up to now, 7 times.
The Ambulance people are amazing!
Gave me a great deal of care, and attention, each and every time.
All serious of course, but it was not my time to leave this little planet..lol.
Unfortunately I have -when I had an accident with one of my llamas, and was alone on the property -I did not think 000 believed my story and thought they would not send the ambulance and I would die lying in the drive of my 5 acre property however it turned up about 4 minutes later, I think...I could not see an ambulance with siren for about 2 years after that without starting to cry and having to stop the car.
No, not yet, so far. When my husband had chest pains at 1.30am 1 morning, about 10 years ago, he took 1/2 an aspirin & drove us the 7ks to the hospital. When we arrived in emergency, he said he felt better, so he drove home again. After he'd been back in bed for another 1/2hr, he decided he'd better go back to hospital! He had to park in an emergency car space, & he stayed in the hospital for 5 days, before he was moved to another hospital. (Sorry, the question wasn't about hospital stays! Ops.)