Paramedics need police escort for 50 addresses
MORE than 50 addresses in the West Midlands are so dangerous paramedics have to have a police escort to visit them.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show there are 52 properties ambulance staff will only attend if there is a police presence at the scene.
West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed dangerous locations where staff members have regularly been victims of verbal or physical abuse are flagged.
They include 20 addresses in Birmingham, nine properties in Coventry and six homes in Wolverhampton where staff require a police escort.
There have been 1,903 verbal assaults and 1,249 physical assaults on paramedics, students and ambulance drivers in the last six years.
It comes amid increasing concerns for the safety of ambulance crews who have suffered a rising tide of violence, often from the very people they are trying to help.
“The Trust does everything possible to protect staff from violence,” said an ambulance service spokesman. “In a very small number of addresses, due to previous incidents, we will only attend if the police are on scene. Anti-social behaviour towards our staff, whether physical or verbal is completely unacceptable.
“As a Trust, we will push to have perpetrators prosecuted wherever it is possible or appropriate to do so.”
The ambulance service said that under the data protection act they would not release full details of the red-flagged addresses.