Ambos place Rochester on black list

June 12, 2018

ROCHESTER has been named on the list of potential no-go-zones for paramedics.

In response to a freedom-of-information application, Ambulance Victoria has provided more than 200 addresses which have been flagged as having physical safety issues.

And six locations which required police escort due to violence.

There are 229 addresses across the state which are placed under the “physical safety” banner, and two of them are in our town.

In a media release Ambulance Victoria said these relate to ‘‘addresses where patients or individuals who have, or may have, behavioural issues and are, or may be, a threat to Ambulance Victoria staff’’.

‘‘This can range from aggressive dogs at the premises, weapons on the premises, unsafe houses, verbal threats of aggression and actual assaults on Ambulance Victoria staff members,’’ the statement said.

These locations were listed for the period from January 1, 2016 to March 13, 2018.

At the top of the list was Shepparton with five addresses posing a risk to paramedics.

There is also one flagged in Echuca, Moama and Goornong.

The six violence messages related to addresses in Capel Sound, Dimboola, Fawkner, Mount Beauty, Northcote and Wheelers Hill.

‘‘The violence column refers to locations where police attendance is required, due to previous violent incidents and unpredictable behaviour at the residence involving the patient or other residents.

“At these addresses it is assessed police attendance is required to ensure the safety of Ambulance Victoria staff,’’ the statement said.

Ambulance Victoria would not comment on the prevalence of violence against staff in Rochester but said no paramedic is expected to enter a scene where violence is likely or suspected.

“Physical safety threats relate to addresses where patients or individuals may have behavioural issues and may be a threat to Ambulance Victoria staff,” the spokesperson said. “This can range from aggressive dogs at the premises, weapons, unsafe houses, verbal threats of aggression and actual assaults on staff.

“Any risk is managed as it is identified collaboratively by call takers and dispatchers, and supported by experienced paramedics in the communication centre.

“They can provide phone and radio support to paramedics in the field, and arrange for police attendance and rendezvous points when required.”

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