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  1. I think Dr Aw-Yong is entirely correct in his address... couple of points leap out to me; Firstly - if a call is received where a patient has been defibrillated, then an ambulance response would be sent, regardless. Secondly, Paramedics in the UK do not sedate patients. Some services do deploy advanced Paramedics who may be able to offer sedation, but this would have to be done under a Patient Group Direction. Ambulance staff are becoming more aware of ABD, and my service has an agreement that we will prioritise calls where ABD is suspected.
  2. The up-and-coming courses are the FREC courses (First Response Emergency Care). These courses start at Level 3, which is equivalent to the FPOS course, all the way to Level 6 which is Paramedic level.
  3. l I would suggest you go and read up a little bit about mental health... there is no point discussing this matter with you whilst you see the world in absolute black and white and have no concept of the complexities of mental health patients.
  4. It's called mental illness; as with physical illnesses there are lots of different kinds of mental illness which are often little understood. For instance, there are those that have attention seeking behaviours that undertake these sorts of acts as it gets them what they desire (the attention), and there are those that are in serious need of help who need specialist input to help resolve the crisis they are suffering. The trick is trying to determine which patient they are, which is why all mental health patients need to be seen by a mental health professional to determine which problem they are suffering from.
  5. Let's not get into this whole blame-game. As for welfare checks why is it really the Ambulance Service's remit to knock on a door to check if somebody is OK? Not saying it is the Police's remit either, but that is another story. Of course I could bore you to death about the dozens of calls we get at the weekends for people laid out drunk, especially as the College of Policing have stated that anybody who is drunk and incapable needs an ambulance. As for professional respect, your dispatcher probably needs to come and spend a night in my control room just to see what I have to deal with on a shift-by-shift basis, deciding who out of the very poorly patients gets the next available ambulance and who has to wait a bit longer. Not fun. Mental Health is the hot political topic at the moment, to the point my Trust now employs a mental health nurse in the control room to help deal with mental health calls, yet we still face issues. It is a common mis-held belief that the Ambulance Service can help with somebody who is having a mental health crisis, when all we can do is offer transport to ED for the patient to see the Crisis Team. There is very little mental health provision in-hours, never mind out-of-hours, so collectively we are left to try and muddle through with little or no training. Again, not fun.
  6. As much as I am all for Community First Responders, I agree with John Apter; if a person is on duty with the Police as a Special Constable then they should be undertaking Police duties. The only time the Ambulance Service should really be asking for Police assistance is in a confirmed cardiac arrest, where shorter the time from cardiac arrest to first shock the better the chance of survival.
  7. Deek

    Specials driving

    Unless it's changed recently Specials in South Yorkshire will be allowed to drive A to B with out exemptions (so no blue lights) and can go on to do Blue Light Complaint Stop. A to B driving requires a couple of hours with a driving tutor and the BLCS is a two day classroom based course. Without A to B you won't be allowed to drive any vehicles. If you want to drive anything other than a car you will have to go on separate familiarisation drives (if you have the right categories on your licence). There has been talk for years of allowing Specials to do response driving, ie driving to an incident on blue lights, but seeing as this is a 3 week full time course very few Specials have time to complete it, and you need to do regular blue light driving to remain competent, as driving on blue lights is significantly more complicated that just 'driving fast'.
  8. 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...
  9. Deek

    Abstracting water from the mains

    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: http://www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk/nfrs/response/hydrants
  10. Deek

    Abstracting water from the mains

    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. ( - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/21/section/42 )
  11. Deek

    Special "Paramedic"

    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.
  12. Deek

    Police medic?

    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.
  13. Deek

    Police medic?

    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; http://www.kent.police.uk/about_us/policies/operational-partnership/sops/o44a.html
  14. I did, here: https://www.policespecials.com/forum/index.php/topic/134683-skill-levels-of-ambulance-staff/?p=2361623 Sadly I can't edit my original post to add this in...
  15. 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.