Injured Paramedic Calls for Better Communication With Police In Bid To Reduce Assaults

Injured paramedic, Pete Bollas, asks for Police to share data with Ambulance Victoria.
Injured paramedic, Pete Bollas, asks for Police to share data with Ambulance Victoria.
An Ambulance Victoria employee who was assaulted on the job says a lack of communication with police is to blame, as data shows more than 300 paramedics were attacked in the past year.

Victorian paramedics reported 328 instances of being physically assaulted or verbally abused in the last financial year, according to Ambulance Victoria.

 

Paramedic Pete Bollas spent the past year on leave with post-traumatic stress disorder after being assaulted on the job.

“I was violently attacked immediately, by one guy against the wall and then another guy sucker punching me,” he said.

“The house I went to, no less than four armed police officers can go in there and they sent two paramedics, unarmed, with a red bag: our drugs.”

Mr Bollas called for emergency services to share data about homes which are hostile to first responders.

“The reason why this happened is the lack of communication between police and ambulance,” he said.

“We have locations of interest if we identify a house to be violent against ambulance and we log that and then ambulance paramedics know.

“But when people are violent against police, we don’t know that.

“If it’s known to police then I think it should be known to ambulance. Our systems are already linked. All they need to do is provide us with that information.”

Read more at ABC News.

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