TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Toronto Paramedic Association is
calling for stronger laws and stiffer penalties after a Toronto
Paramedic was assaulted recently in the line of duty resulting in
'Assault is never acceptable on any member of our society', says TPA
President Geoff MacBride. 'Assault on a Paramedic while a Paramedic is
engaged in their duties is absolutely not acceptable.' 'Paramedics
place themselves in danger every time they respond to a call.
Paramedics in the course of their duties are victims of assault
regularly. The laws that protect them should match that dedication.'
Currently Police Officers and Fire Fighters have special legislation
that prescribes specific penalties and parameters if they are assaulted
in the line of duty. The Toronto Paramedic Association is calling for
all levels of government to recognize the special dangers Paramedics
are exposed to in the line of duty and change relevant laws and
penalties to reflect these circumstances. The penalties for assaulting
a Paramedic should be exactly the same as for assaulting any other
public safety officer.
The assailant will be in Old City Hall court Feb 6 at 10:00am. The
assaulted Paramedic Aron Sperling and TPA President Geoff MacBride will
be available for comment.
The TPA represents the professional interests of Toronto Paramedics. The
TPA is a chapter organization of the Ontario Paramedic Association and
the Paramedic Association of Canada.
SOURCE: Toronto Paramedic Association
For further information:
Toronto Paramedic Association