The death toll in the Berlin Christmas market attack has risen to 12, with around 48 seriously injured.
Meanwhile, the Berliner Zeitung has reported that the driver was, according to security agencies, an Afghan national who arrived in Germany as a refugee in February.
I have always stated that with such wholesale, unchecked migration, there would be terrorists disguised in their midst.
The name of the offender has yet to be confirmed, as it was understood the man had used several different names since his arrival in Germany.
Police confirmed that a 7.5-tonne truck with Polish plates drove into the market, travelling, according to witnesses, 60km/h-65km/h for around 80 metres, killing nine and injuring at least 50.
The Berliner Zeitung
reported a scene of “devastation” with several of the injured so seriously hurt that they had to be resuscitated by paramedics at the scene.
Source: The New Daily
Following a surprising amount of phone calls to 911 emergency services last night (27/01/2015), East Bay dispatchers near San Francisco are requesting that local residents stop calling in to complain about social media networks becoming unavailable.
Claycord.com reports that following a brief Instagram outage, Facebook also went down, causing panic among several residents.
Facebook’s outage was reportedly caused by an internal glitch, but nevertheless raised concern in the East Bay, prompting five people to call in to ask when the sites would be back online.
“Our lines are dedicated to handling life and death calls, and even though Facebook is important to a lot of people, it’s not a matter of life and death when it stops working,” the dispatcher said. “One caller even called back to tell me I was being rude because I told her it wasn’t a life threatening emergency.”
I used to say only in America, but judging by the type of calls we recieve in Australian emergency call centres, it’s happening here too!
I am a little slow getting this post published. My first day back in control after 3 weeks holiday, I was called upon to manage control of this school bus accident.
The school bus had veered off the road and ended up where you see it now. On board the bus were 33 children and the driver.
Paramedics treated all of these people and were transported to the nearby hospital.
The cause of the accident being investigated.
A 21-year-old man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a female ambulance paramedic in the Sydney city overnight.
At about 2.20am Sunday, police from Operation Simmer were patrolling George Street, Haymarket, when they came across the man who they said was unresponsive and possibly intoxicated.
Officers called for assistance from NSW Ambulance, whose paramedics attended a short time later. Police allege that as a female paramedic attempted to treat the man, he struck her in the face and pushed her to the ground, before starting to kick her. Police intervened and after a short struggle, the man was arrested.
The paramedic, who has taken time off from work, suffered wrist and back injuries, as well as contusions to her face, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said.
The Plumpton man was taken to Sydney City Police Station and charged with common assault. He was granted conditional bail to appear before the Downing Centre Local Court on February 24. Operation Simmer focuses on Sydney’s CBD, Darlinghurst and Kings Cross, is conducted in the city every weekend as part of a summer-long crackdown targeting alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
This is just another example of a cowardly attack on a female paramedic by an intoxicated lout. NSW Ambulance has indicated that they have a zero tolerance on violence directed toward paramedics, and will pursue offenders vigorously through the courts. I know this paramedic believes the full weight of the law should be applied to the perpetrators of these cowardly acts. Assaulting a paramedic carries the same sentence as assaulting police.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 2/02/2014.
‘Coroner condemns paramedics who refused to save drowning man in ditch ‘for health and safety reasons‘. This is the heading of an article appearing in the UK Mail Online from 18 July.
It appears that the paramedics refused to enter water to try and rescue the injured man, with the result that he drowned. The Coroner is reported as saying ‘I was brought up in a country where men risked their own lives to save the lives of others. That was a period in our history which has almost ceased. I do praise the actions of PC Day, who dived in, but by that stage it was too late.’
We can and do make heroes of emergency responders who risk their lives to save others, but there does have to be some point where the risk is too great and trying to save the life of one does not warrant risking the lives of others. We cannot know from this distance, what the ‘right’ decision was but it is heartening to note that the ambulance authority agrees that the paramedics made the right decision. There also appears to be some confusion that the first emergency service on the scene is there to do all the work required, which simply cannot be the case. The paramedics we can assume, were trained to deliver advanced life support to those that need it, not to rescue people from a ditch ’5ft, with knee-deep mud at the bottom’, any more than a fire brigade is there to rescue someone from a cliff when there is a cliff rescue unit to be called (see ‘Legal confusion leads to unnecessary death’) or that the police at a fire are there to extinguish the fire (see Eburn, M.,‘Emergency services and health and safety’ (2012) 8(1) Crisis Response 10-13).
It does not appear that the Coroner’s report is available online so I can’t comment on the precise facts or the Coroner’s finding. The law does not however, require that the government save everyone that can be saved. It appears this man died because his friend was two times over the legal blood alcohol limit and drove the car off the road.
Source: Michael Eburn – Australian Emergency Law – July 26, 2013