Am­bos place Rochester on black list

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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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