Wigan paramedics to get bodycams in bid to curb violence against them
Wigan ambulance crews will eventually be equipped with body-worn video cameras in a bid to reduce violence against them.
North West Ambulance Service begins rolling out the cameras today, starting in areas with the most staff abuse incidents: Central Manchester, East Lancs and parts of Merseyside.
Paramedic Kris Fairhurst is among the first to use the kit. He said: “Sadly it is all too common for frontline staff to be subject to violence by the very people we are trying to help. I have worked for the service for 13 years and in that time I have been kicked, spat at, shouted at and even threatened with a knife. This should not be happening and I am hoping that these cameras will give us an extra level of protection to deter incidents and assist with prosecutions.”
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