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Chapter 12 Crime Scene Awareness
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Topics Risk Reduction at Scenes Violent Situations Evasive Techniques Evidence Considerations
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Approaching the Scene Your safety strategy begins as soon as you are dispatched on a call. § CAD Technology assists EMS and law enforcement that the dispatch address has a history of violence Never follow police units to a scene. Rather than risk becoming injured or killed, error on the side of safety. EMS personnel are at greater risk of injury from motor vehicle trauma than from violence.
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Never approach the scene until you are advised that the scene is secure.
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There is no such thing as a dead hero!
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Approach potentially unstable scenes single file.
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Hold a flashlight to the side of your body, not in front of it.
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Stand to the side of the door when knocking.
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Unstable Scene Concerns Listen for loud noises and shouting Take note if the scene is “too quiet” Stand on the hing side of a door
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Potentially Dangerous Scenes Highway encounters Violent street incidents Murders, assaults, robberies Dangerous crowds Street gangs Drug-related crimes Clandestine drug labs Domestic violence - EMS personnel may become a target of the assailant
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Dangerous Crowds and Bystanders Signs of impending danger: w Shouts or increasingly loud voices w Pushing or shoving w Hostilities toward anyone w Rapid increase in the crowd size w Inability of law enforcement to control bystanders
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Street Gangs No EMS unit is totally immune from gang activity.
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2010 for the course PAR 100 taught by Professor Alan during the Spring '10 term at Miramar College.

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