Police Officer Raises Concerns Over Ambulance Crew Safety in Edinburgh

A veteran police officer has raised alarms over potential challenges in responding to emergencies alongside paramedics due to increasing safety concerns at specific addresses across Scotland.

Figures reveal nearly 4,500 properties are identified as no-go zones for ambulance crews without police backup, emphasizing safety issues faced by emergency responders.

Scottish Ambulance Service data shows 4,412 flagged addresses, including 1,122 in Edinburgh's EH postcode, and over 1,400 across Greater Glasgow and Ayrshire. These locations necessitate police presence before paramedics can attend, reflecting rising threats to emergency responders.

Brian Jones of the Scottish Police Federation highlighted the strain on resources and the evolving societal landscape affecting emergency responses. Concerns were voiced about potential limitations in police responses due to escalating demands.

David Kennedy from the SPF expressed worries about potential fatalities if police were instructed not to attend high-risk incidents, citing fears reminiscent of past tragedies. The data, released in response to FOI requests, drew attention from political figures, with Edinburgh MP Ian Murray expressing deep concern about the city's high number of flagged addresses.

Scottish Ambulance Service emphasized its commitment to staff safety, stating that flagged addresses allow dynamic risk assessment for crew safety without declaring them no-go zones. Prioritizing patient care, they underscored the importance of staff safety while addressing emergency situations.

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