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  1. Conduct your normal dynamic risk assessment as a solo responder; if the situation seems like it is unsafe the withdraw to a safe distance and follow your employers procedures on calling for support. Health responders are supposed to be neutral, which is why there is a huge resistance to overt PPE such as body armour, instead concentrating on risk assessment and break-away techniques. I presume you work for an Ambulance Service with the language you use; if so, you need to be very careful about crossing boundaries with your roles...
  2. Same link I posted gives the definition of a fire hydrant... (1)A water undertaker must cause the location of every fire hydrant provided by it to be clearly indicated by a notice or distinguishing mark. (2)A water undertaker may place such a notice or mark on a wall or fence adjoining a highway or public place. The way I read it is as long as there is a distinguishing mark, such as the cover being marked as 'FH', then it is a fire hydrant. Norfolk Fire and Rescue have some good guidance on fire hydrants:
  3. Illegal under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 Sec. 42(6) unless the operator has a licence from the local water authority to use the fire hydrant. ( - )
  4. I doubt the service will have a policy covering this... Best advice is to speak with you line manager and discuss what their views are. As already said, just be very cautious about putting yourself on duty as a Police Officer when you are in your 'greens' as it could potentially cause issues. This is one of those cases where having maturity and experience is key.
  5. I don't think it is the IHCD course, as there are quite a lot of requirements to become an authorised IHCD centre. Instead I suspect the course is probably modelled on the IHCD one. ITLS (International Trauma Life Support for those not in the know) is a very good course but again you have to be a registered centre to deliver the course - probably some Officers got to hear about it or were invited on it. There are a lot of variables - for instance, Yorkshire Ambulance Service deliver the TacMed course for the Police Services in the Yorkshire and Humber area.
  6. All Police Officers are trained in basic First Aid of some description, generally to Emergency First Aid at Work level (6 hours). Some Officers can then move on to having the full 3 day First Aid at Work course. Several Police Services have made their First Aid / medical training criteria public, for instance Kent Police have a webpage for their Police medical training;
  7. I did, here: Sadly I can't edit my original post to add this in...
  8. Depends on the Trust... in YAS for instance our front line supervisors attend any incident that requires scene management, such as road traffic collisions or cardiac arrests. Managers above supervisor aren't often seen in Ops generally as they are more office based and the operational management of staff is left to the Clinical Supervisors.
  9. There are several different levels of Police 'medic' depending on role and the individual Police Service. Generally, the Police Officers who wear a 'medic' patch are either PSU Medic or have undertaken the TacMed course. Some Police services allow officers other than firearms to attend the TacMed course, such as dog handlers or RPU.
  10. Firstly, as an EMT you aren't classed as a Health Care Professional (HCP) - only staff who appear on a professional register are classed as HCPs - Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics, so that can't be used as an excuse for excluding you from joining as a Special. Secondly, there is little conflict of interest in the real world - as a Police Officer you have the ability to use your discretion; if you are in the role of your day job then you don't put yourself on duty but act in the capacity as a professional witness and call in for assistance of Police through normal Ambulance Service procedures. You may be required to undertake a yearly First Aid course even though you work full time for the Ambulance Service as an EMT, as under the Health and Safety Executive guidance on people exempt from holding a First Aid at Work qualification are the aforementioned HCPs. I was a Special with SYP for three years and Specials and Regulars all appreciated my attendance on duties given my extra skill sets... what was a problem was the lack of understanding on what being a professional Paramedic meant, but that is another story.
  11. I think this was one of the new SYP Peugeots, not a Vauxhall...
  12. Well my Trust, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, have just re-introduced the Emergency Medical Technician role, with EMT-1 and EMT-2 staff currently being trained and deployed. They are both new roles but are loosely based around other roles.
  13. true, and there have been several high-profile media cases about tasers not stopping suspects, so should we give all officers ballistic PPE and G36s? I know I am being facetious, but this is how things get out of hand. Yes, there is a threat, but we have to have a proportional response to that threat, hence an escalation and deployment of appropriately trained officers when required.
  14. As it stands an Officer has to undertake extra training to be authorised to carry a taser. Obviously the Officer you are referring to has done something to warrant the removal of their taser authority, so why should all officers who are suitable trained have their authority removed? OK, so you want me to justify why I think tasers shouldn't be given to Special Constables; The training given to a Special Constable is fairly minimal, compared to the training given to a Regular Officer. A Special only has to work 16 hours a month, whereas a Regular will be working about 160 hours per month. A Regular gets significantly more exposure to incidents and builds up experience quicker than a Special who is working the minimum hours. Whilst I agree there are some Specials who work quite a lot hours this is not the normal situation. The Service I used to be with had very little control over the Specials, with SCs doing what they wanted with very little come-back and senior managers not taking them to task. This is why I feel that Special's shouldn't be given tasers, as it would be dangerous given the lack of discipline I have witnessed. Yes, this may not fit with all Constabularies, but that is my opinion based on my experiences.
  15. One word - No I have seen SCs who are more than happy to deploy PARVA and their baton and the merest hint of trouble, and taser would just make things worse.