ST JOHN URGES RESPECT FOR ITS OFFICERS AND EQUIPMENT

Gerard Campbell |

Three incidents in Dunedin over the weekend has prompted St John to remind students and the public that damage and abuse of its vehicles, patients and staff is not acceptable and action will be taken.
The incidents on Friday night involved an intoxicated male who jumped on to a moving ambulance and riding on it before falling to the ground 200m later, narrowly avoiding serious injury; a group of intoxicated young people opening the doors of an ambulance while a young child was being treated by an ambulance officer; and a young man kicking an ambulance as it was attending an incident.
St John Coastal Otago Territory Manager Doug Third says this type of behaviour hinders ambulance officers from doing their job treating sick members of the public.
“We are out in the community caring for the people of Dunedin and incidents like this are hampering the life-saving work we do. Not only is it distressing for patients being treated, it is also upsetting for our people. It’s just not acceptable.
He says this is another example of the harm alcohol causes and the poor decision making of those under the influence.
“St John has a zero-tolerance policy for abuse of its people and equipment and any footage that we obtain of people abusing our people or equipment will be passed onto the appropriate tertiary institution or New Zealand Police immediately,” Mr Third says.
Inspector Wil Black, Otago Coastal Area Prevention Manager, says this type of reckless and irresponsible behaviour is completely unacceptable.
“No-one should have to put up with this during their workday, especially while assisting those in need. Those responsible should know that they are not only putting themselves in danger, but innocent people too.” Anyone who witnessed these incidents is urged to contact Police on 105, he says.
With O-Week underway, St John and New Zealand Police ask students to enjoy activities, but to do so safely and responsibly while being considerate of others.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Gerard Campbell
St John Communications Advisor
M: 027 567 2083
E: gerard.campbell@stjohn.org.nz

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