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2800 addresses where you can't go without PD

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What if there were 2800 locations in your jurisdiction that you could not go without the police?  Surprisingly, there are 2800 locations in Scotland that their medics cannot go without the police coming along.  Read more about it here.  http://www.emergency-live.com/en/news/in-scotland-there-are-2800-addresses-where-ambulances-are-not-allowed-to-go-without-police-escort/

This brings up the question - does your dispatch software offer the ability to flag an address that will alert the dispatcher to send PD with you?  Or does Dispatch rely on the type of call to determine that? 

Maybe it's time that we get software that does that.  It might just make our jobs a tad bit safer.  

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Here dispatch has address specific information, which may include potential risks, mainly used for hazmat info - don't know if any of that contains potential violence. Decision usually is based on type of call. It's very rare, that a police unit is dispatched with EMS just because of a suspicious address.

I didn't read the attached thesis: Is there a process in the Scottish Ambulance Service to delete the flag when there apparently is no danger anymore?

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Our current dispatch system does have the ability to flag addresses. Dispatch seems to be fairly good at flagging addresses with violence potential but quite lax in flagging addresses with CBRNE potential (possible TB, carbon monoxide, etc.).

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