WJZ BREAKING: Delaware State Police Trooper Dies After Being Shot At A Wawa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Police: Gang Member Arrested For 2014 Murder Of Toddler McKenzie Elliott

VIDEO: Naked Man Attacks Medics; 1st Responders Request More Gear

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– According to a group representing Baltimore EMS workers, there have been at least 13 attacks and assaults in the past two years.

The Baltimore City Fire Union says paramedics are being attacked at an alarming rate.

In one recent incident, security footage from outside a Baltimore hospital shows two female medics being attacked by a naked man as they attempted to reload their ambulance.

At one point one of the women was knocked to the ground.

Attacks range in severity, in one instance, a medic was held at gunpoint.

Because medical first responders arrive at crime scenes, sometimes even before police, city first responders are asking for basic safety gear and safety training for personnel.

Union President Rick Hoffman says it’s also why medics need protective gear now more than ever.

“Our medics our on the streets of Baltimore 24-7 they hardly get a break at all and once in a while they encounter instances where I think they need to have proper protection,” he said.

Specifically, protective vests or self-defense training.

He says the push for protection is nothing new, this latest effort is also in no way meant to demonize Charm City.

Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott has pushed for protections before, he says he’ll do it again.

“Why wouldn’t they be afforded that basic level of protection?” he said.

Mayor Catherine Pugh says she’s seen no evidence to indicate an increase on attacks on medics.

“We know that they come to do their jobs and we’re very supportive of that,” she said.

She also noted there are protocols designed to keep medics from putting themselves in harm’s way.

“Unless it is safe, you don’t interact.”

Hoffman says while that’s generally the idea, there are times when time doesn’t allow to make those distinctions.

“I just don’t want our people hurt that’s the bottom line,” Hoffman said.

He says the cost of protective vests are estimated to be around $95,000.

They mayor also says she is in the midst of negotiations with fire officials. Union officials fear, by the time it may be too late.

Baltimore is home to one of the country’s busiest EMS divisions responding to more than 150,000 calls a year.

Follow @CBSBaltimore on Twitter and like WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore on Facebook

More from George Solis

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
Your Podcast Network Play.it
CBS All Access

Listen Live