Defence lessons for paramedics

first_imgAmbulance staff in London are to be given lessons in self-defence and how todefuse dangerous situations in order to improve the safety of paramedics. London Ambulance Service has also introduced a register of high-riskaddresses so that crews are aware where there have been violent incidents inthe past, and it is to start trials of two different types of stab-proof vests.Wendy Foers, HR director for LAS, said the measures are being brought in tocontinue the recent reduction in the number of violent incidents against staff.The self-defence course content is still being put together and it will belaunched in two to three months’ time in areas where ambulance crews are mostat risk. Foers said, “It is very much about recognising dangerous situations andbeing able to deal with them, particularly with talk-down techniques. They willalso be given training in things like push-away techniques.” The register of high-risk addresses was launched in April, and the centralambulance control system now alerts crews if they going to an address wherethere has been previous violent incidents. “We want to give our crews as much information as possible and alertthem of any potential dangers,” said Foers. By Ben Willmott Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Defence lessons for paramedicsOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more