Message From EMS Supervisor Scott Carter Regarding Accident Scenes

Scott carter EMS_wmDear TLS, Your post on getting too close to watch on scenes of Motor Vehicle Accidents, vehicle fires and house fires, was perfect. It is very difficult to move and take care of events and still try to keep people (spectators) safe as well. People like to always take little steps closer and push the limit to gain an eyeful. With Cell phones and Video, it is hard to protect the person and there privacy. My staff has many jobs all being done simultaneous and one is to ensure patient privacy and respect. Media has a right to film and video as does the public, (although the media has additonal rights) but the most important thing I can ask, is to give the space to any responder. Things can go wrong very quickly and a small incident could now turn into multiple patients including bystanders. If asked to step back or away, please understand this is to protect everyone.
You are right about the curiosity and when you ask people to leave or step back, you always come across as being discourteous.

Could you possibly leave this as one of the top issues for a few days just until others might see it.
Scott carter
Lakewood EMS

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  1. The same needs to be said about Hatzolah calls in private houses. Teach your kids to go inside and say a kapital tehillim! People’s tzuris are not for your’s or your kids’ personal entertainment.

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