We were paged to standby for a possiable drug OD one night last week. I was suppose to be a domestic disturbance so we stood by at are station for law enforcement to arrive first. (The house was two doors away from our fire department.) Upon there arrivel they had us disreguard. I did the report and our fax said a person was combative on that scene.
Ok now to the part I am asking about. Two days later we were paged for that same house. It was paged as a difficulty breathing. Knowing what happened two days before I ask for law enforcement to respond also. Upon our arrivel I started patient care law enforcement came over my radio and ask if they really need to respond. The patients heart rate jumped quickly I do believe it was a fight or flight responce kicking in. So I quickly said negitive to relieve a possiable fight. In my mind I was tore at that decision.
After the patient was loaded in the ambulance another member of the household informed me that they thought it was going to be a repeat of the night two days before we had even arrived.
I called the law enforcement officer and ask if they would please stop calling us on the radio while we were doing patient care and putting us in a bad situation.(not the first time this has happend) He stated there sops say they do not have to respond to medical calls and if we need them I should reconfirm the call for them and we didn't get in a fight did we so he wasn't needed anyway. Well it turned real unproductive after that. Boy can they circle talk.
I did not join my fire department to fight with people if I wanted that I would have tried to become a reserve deputy. Also it may take LEOs up to 45 minutes to arrive or they may not even have anyone to respond. On structure fire a few days ago in a neighboring area they called for LEOs for a combative homeowner. They said they had no county LEOs available. So that fire department called the state police.
Was asking for law enforcement a bad call?
Should I not judge the call on previous calls even if it was just a day or two before?
Is this the norm for all areas? Is this why there is friction between LEOs and firefighters?
The Asst chief was right there and just blew it off. He knew why I was upset but refused to say anything one way or another.
I truly feel this will get someone killed of injured and think higher ups need to take action to work this out before this happens but doubt they will.