Vicious attack on paramedics in Trillick call out

Thursday, 27 April 2017

A VICIOUS attack on paramedics that visited the scene of an incident in Trillick on Thursday night has been widely condemned.

An ambulance crew was assaulted in the village by a female patient who had called for their assistance.

"Responding to a 999 call, the ambulance crew sought to do nothing more than help an individual in need," said a spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS).

"During assessment and initial treatment the patient struck out at one of the female crew striking her on the face and also kicking her.

"The second member of the crew, who was also female, attempted to intervene to prevent the patient from damaging equipment and, as a result, sustained an arm injury.

"The crew removed themselves from the scene and called for police assistance who arrived and dealt with the individual involved.

"Both crew members were stood down as they were unable to continue their shift meaning that the significantly rural area in and around Enniskillen was left with reduced cover between 11pm and 8am this morning with only one crew remaining to cope with calls in the area.

"Assaults on our crews continue on an almost daily basis and the Trust hopes that by continuing to highlight those more serious in nature that everyone with influence in local communities and leadership positions wider afield will do all they can to support our staff, particularly by ensuring that those who carry out such attacks are brought before the courts to face the real prospect of custodial sentencing."

Condemning the incident, chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Trillick native, Mary Garrity, said while she did not know who was involved, any attack on people engaged in public services was wrong.

“I hope the person who was attacked is okay and whoever committed this is investigated and if they need any help that they get it too. This is a small village and anti-social behaviour like this is something we're not accustomed to and it's very distressing for the whole village," she said.

She added the distress caused upset many in the area.

Trillick Sinn Féin councillor, Stephen McCann, said that the local community was appalled at the physical attack.

"It is sickening that these two paramedics going to provide medical assistance at a house end up being physically attacked and assaulted by the person to whom they were trying to help. 

"I understand that one of the paramedics sustained facial injuries with both being so badly shaken by the incident that they were unable resume their shift. This serious incident also impacted upon emergency cover for the area which could have had further serious consequences.

"The local community is appalled that this has happened. We extend our solidarity and best wishes to the two paramedics and hope that they can make a full recovery from the physical and psychological ordeal that they were forced to endure."


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