Zero Tolerance Safety Taskforce News

The Cairns fleet was the first in the state to be retrofitted with the new duress monitoring system. This is one of the initiatives to improve officer safety coming out of the safety taskforce recommendations.

The Cairns fleet was the first in the state to be retrofitted with the new duress monitoring system. This is one of the initiatives to improve officer safety coming out of the safety taskforce recommendations. The monitoring system is a non-recording device designed to monitor the back of the vehicle. If paramedics begin to feel unsafe a discreetly located touch pad is in the back of the ambulance, once it is hit a monitor in the front turns on for the driver to watch what is happening and raise the alarm. “We are seeing different settings for where assaults take place, but I think it will definitely act as a deterrent,” says Paramedic and United Voice Delegate Jen Miran. View the news coverage here.

Although assaults were down over the Christmas and New Year period there were minor cases, mainly involving mental health patients, reported from Cairns, Gold Coast and Darling Downs LASNs. All staff involved are having regular welfare checks by United Voice delegates and QAS Priority One support. For anyone seeking further support and assistance please contact our Ambo hotline 3291 4550, or leave an inquiry on the Union tip off available on the Ambo App.

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