Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dealing with Law Enforcement and Medical Examiners/Coroners Office as an EMT

There are going to be moments in an Emergency Medical Technicians career where the local Police, Medical Examiners Officer or Coroners Office will be involved. I’m happy to say that I’ve worked with the local Police Department for two years. Trust me, if you are professional, you will build a professional bond with both of these departments.  The men and women in blue should be called:

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Violent Death
  • Crash Related Deaths
  • Sudden Infant Death (SIDS)
  • Dead on Arrival.

Most of the time, the Police Department will already be on scene. There are times when the local Fire Department will have to bust down a door and one of these types of scenes will be called.

As an EMT, I had often wondered why the Police Department might be called out to a death of an infant. Then I imagined what the scene could be like. The parents are distraught and may become angry. There is also the chance that the child was not taken care of correctly and placed in bed the wrong way.

Unfortunately my dealings with local Police have been due to use of drugs on the premises. 

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