Sleeping with the dead in Phuket?

As I relaxed in a new coffee shop just outside Phuket Town, just on the way after dropping Jemma at school I was shocked into consciousness by the screaming noises of ambulances hurtling (no other way to describe it) down the road - both ways.

I was reminded of a blog post that I wrote concerning book that I had read - 

Sleeping with the Dead 

about a farang who works with the emergency ambulances in Bangkok and during the Tsunami.

Does this happen in Phuket?