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If you don't mind me asking, what was the BCAS S.O.P. on Delay of Service? Did they have one?Fire and Ambulance may wait for Police to make a scene safe in certain scenarios, but they will be staged just around the corner and ready to move in as soon as requested in those kinds of situations.
Ours was pretty simple.
"Paramedics are reminded of their responsibility under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 43, (1) and (2).2 These sections exclude paramedics from the right to refuse work where the circumstances are inherent in their work and/or if the work refusal would directly endanger the health and safety of another person."
"Not enter a scene until the appropriate agency has arrived in circumstances involving;
• the use of weapons at the scene;
• continuing violence at the scene;
• fire / hazardous materials"
"The decision to delay EMS service must include recognizing and evaluating the reasons for problematic patient behaviour—such as metabolic causes of combative behaviour—to ensure staff are not jeopardizing the patient’s life, health or safety.
4. wait for police assistance if,
a. there is an active shooter scenario, or
b. there is direct evidence of ongoing violence;
5. if electing to delay service as per paragraph 4 above, immediately notify CACC/ACS;
They also have paramedics on the Emergency Task Force.
And Rescue Task Force for ASHE calls,
When sent into the apocalypse, accept no substitutes, An ambulance that has run flat tire inserts, ballistic glass & a full envelope of Level IIIA ballistic Kevlar throughout. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5i-JucB8fE
But, I was never on either of those.
I work in a jurisdiction where these kinds of services are professional, full time and readily available. There are part of this Province and Country where that is not the case at all.
I can imagine city folks freaking out if they don't get an almost instant tiered response when on vacation in the country.
Thank-you for your reply.