emergency services

Explosion wipes out the top floor of a retirement home in Veendam, 19 Apr 2017
Apr 19 '17 09:48

One person was killed and two others sustained minor injuries in an explosion of a retirement apartment building in Veendam on Wednesday morning, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Groningen said on Twitter. 

Apartment building on cnr Julianalaan and Prins Bernardlaan in Veenendaal severly damaged by explosion, 19 Apr 2017
Apr 19 '17 07:26

A huge explosion in an apartment building in Veendam on Wednesday morning left the building on the edge of collapse, the Groningen fire department said on Twitter. The apartment building is located on the corner of Julianalaan and Prins Bernhardlaan. Emergency services are at the scene.

The fire department scaled the situation up to Grip 2, which is used in incidents that have a definite effect on the surrounding area. A single command is established and the mayor of the municipality was informed. 

Apr 10 '17 08:45

From today until Thursday the port of Rotterdam will be the scene of large drills on what to do during terrorist attacks or other large emergencies and threats. The port protection exercise is called "Port Defender Rotterdam" and includes the Royal Navy, the National Police, the Port of Rotterdam and the local safety office Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond, AD reports.

Accident on he A1 highway towards Amsterdam between Naarden-West and Diemen, 6 Apr 2017
Apr 6 '17 07:49

An accident involving a motorcycle and at least three cars closed the A1 highway towards Amsterdam between Naarden-West and Diemen on Thursday morning. Traffic information service VID calls it a "serious accident" and expects it to cause many traffic problems.

By around 6:30 a.m. the traffic jam behind the accident was already 7 kilometers long, according to VID on Twitter. Motorists are advised to detour via Utrecht over the A27, A12 and A2. It is unclear how long the road will be closed.

Firefighters' gear
Mar 30 '17 12:00

The male resident of a farm in Exloo, Drenthe is missing after a massive fire at his property on Wednesday night. The property, which included the Turv Exloo Distillery, a barn and a farmhouse, went up in flames and burnt to the ground. Emergency services will search the remains of the buildings to find out whether the man was killed in the fire, ANP reports.

Emergency services managed to make contact with the man's wife. She is staying with relatives elsewhere in the country and could give no clarity on his whereabouts. 

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Mar 27 '17 14:10

At least two people were killed when an Arriva, Friesland on Monday. More fatalities are not ruled out, the police said. According to the Leeuwarder Courant, the victims are an adult and a child.

Firefighters in Geffen, Brabant deal with a tree blown over by a storm, 23 Feb 2017
Feb 24 '17 09:01

Around midnight meteorological institute KNMI withdrew a for strong winds triggered by a February storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday. The winds died down somewhat overnight. And while emergency services were busy due to the bad weather, so far the damage caused by the storm seem less severe than expected, NOS reports.

Mental health problems
Jan 31 '17 09:10

Emergency services in the Netherlands seem to be confused about the term "disturbed person", which results in confusion about the extent of the problem in the country. Due to a change in the police's recording system, the term turned into a collection name for anything that strays from normal, the Volkskrant reports based on conversations with mental health researcher Bauke Koekkoek, GGZ Nederland, the police and the team for people with disturbed behavior.

Emergency services rescuing a mentally disturbed man from the freezing waters of Weerwater in Almere after he fall through the ice, 23 Jan 2017
Jan 24 '17 14:40

Emergency services in Almere responded en masse on Monday to rescue a seemingly mentally disturbed man who fell through the ice after walking a long distance on a lake in Almere Stad. Divers from the fire department pulled him from the water, the Telegraaf reports.

Eye witnesses told th newspaper that the man walked a long distance on the ice. When police officers called to him to come back to shore, he refused. The fire department and an air ambulance were called in.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 09:33

The municipality of Amsterdam is investigating whether a third death can be attributed to a massive power outage that hit the city and its surrounds on Tuesday. The family of a 75-year-old woman had to wait online for almost 10 minutes when calling emergency number 112 when the elderly woman became ill on Tuesday, AT5 reports.

Ice skating
Jan 20 '17 09:08

A 35-year-old skater in Amsterdam had to be rescued by emergency services after he fall trough the ice on Plesmalaan in Nieuw West. The man was taken to the hospital, hypothermic but conscious and lucid, Het Parool reports.

Two passersby noticed the man around 9:00 p.m. and called the emergency services. The man was only a few meters from the edge and rescuers could get him to the side quickly.

Willemswerf building in Rotterdam
Jan 18 '17 11:35

One person was killed and another was badly injured Wednesday morning in an accident with a freight elevator in the Willemswerf building on Boompjes in Rotterdam. The lift is believed to have plummeted several stories with the two people inside, AD reports.

The elevator came to a standstill between the 18th and 17th floors shortly after 9 a.m. The two victims were stuck in it for some time. Emergency services struggled to free them, but eventually managed. Both were rushed to the Erasmus MC hospital by 10 a.m., and first reports of the fatality were revealed a half hour later.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 07:27

A massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds on Tuesday morning may have cost the lives of two elderly Amsterdam residents, the municipality said. One may have died because the emergency line could not be reached and the other because her oxygen supply cut out when the power went out, the Telegraaf reports.

Roy Poortman
Jan 3 '17 14:30

Barneveld police officer Roy Poortman was, along with colleagues and firefighters, twice pelted with fireworks over New Year's. In an open letter to the perpetrators behind the fireworks bombs, he calls them cowards and thanks them for the damage to his hearing and a fun evening overall.

Police
Jan 2 '17 08:40

The Dutch police took tweets in which a police chief criticized Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur offline on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Hague police said to AD. In the tweet the police chief reacted with annoyance to Van der Steur calling violence against emergency services personnel "unacceptable".

New Year's fireworks in Amsterdam; 1 Jan 2017
Jan 2 '17 08:00

The Netherlands' entered 2017 without any major problems. There were a number minor clashes between police and party goers, but not massive incidents. Emergency services throughout the country had to deal with young people pelting fireworks at them during the course of their duties. 

A police officer in The Hague was seriously injured after being hit by a car. But according to the police, this was an accident - there is no sign of intent, according to the Volkskrant.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Nov 28 '16 09:47

A train hit several pedestrians at a crossing in Nijmegen on Monday morning. Two people were killed, according to the police. 

It is currently still unclear what exactly happened - whether this was an accident or a planned action, AD reports. No cars were involved, only the train and several pedestrians, a spokesperson for the police said to the newspaper.

Emergency services are at the scene. Traffic over the S100 is being diverted. The municipality also closed several streets around the scene of the accident. 

Allard Piersonstraat in Rotterdam closed down for investigation
Nov 25 '16 07:57

Strong tremors resulted in 24 homes on Allard Piersonstraat in Rotterdam's Delfshaven being evacuated as a precaution on Thursday afternoon. Residents were locked out of their homes for hours before being allowed to return late in the evening. Investigation found "nothing alarming", a spokesperson for the safety office said, AD reports.

Emergency services responded en masse. The street was closed down. Some 40 people residents were given shelter in a nearby mosque. Others stayed with neighbors. No one was injured.

Nov 15 '16 12:25

Nine residents of a building on Sumatrastraat in Amsterdam Oost were hospitalized during the early hours of Tuesday morning due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Their condition is not life threatening, AT5 reports.

 crime scene tape
Nov 9 '16 08:04

The police are investigating the death of a baby in an apartment on Parallelweg in Cuijk on Tuesday night. The baby became unwell while emergency services were in the home helping the mother. Attempts to resuscitate the child were to no avail, AD reports. 

The mother was taken to hospital by ambulance. Exactly why she called for help is unclear. Her condition is also unknown. 

Oct 18 '16 07:51

Ambulances in the Netherlands often have too slow response times to emergencies, according to an analysis by Buurtfacts. In the countryside in particular ambulances regularly arrive late to an emergency

Oct 10 '16 10:34

The Dutch navy is on its way from Curacao to Haiti to offer aid in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew, the Ministry of Defense said on Monday. The Dutch will focus on the southwest of the island, which was hit particularly hard by the hurricane last week

 crime scene tape
Oct 7 '16 14:20

A man was killed in an apartment fire in Amsterdam on Thursday night. The police believe a crime was involved and an investigation is ongoing at the scene on Friday

Oct 5 '16 12:35

A 37-year-old man from Kessel was killed in an accident during the construction of a winter attraction at theme park Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, the Tilburg police said on Twitter. Another man was slightly injured in his leg.

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