emergency services

Violence against emergency workers
May 26 '17 09:02

A father and son were arrested in Dordrecht on Thursday after they assaulted an ambulance driver, the Dordrecht police said on Facebook. According to the police, the men did not agree with the paramedics wanting to take a woman to the hospital.

The ambulance responded to Rigelhof in Sterrenburg to help a woman. The paramedics determined that she had to go to the hospital, against the will of her husband and son. After the woman was loaded into the ambulance, and the ambulance was about to leave, the father and son attacked the driver. 

Ambulance
May 25 '17 11:05

A 47-year-old man from Bergen op Zoom was killed in a workplace accident with a forklift in Steenbergen on Wednesday evening. The accident happened on the Unipak industrial rea on Franseweg, Omroep Brabant reports.

The victim's colleagues called emergency services around 8:30 p.m. Emergency workers tried to resuscitate the man, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.

Colleagues who witnessed the accident were offered victim aid. A family police officer is supporting the victim's relatives. 

Human-Male-White-Newborn-Baby-Crying
May 23 '17 13:25

A woman gave birth on an Arriva Bus in Breda on Sunday evening. The baby boy was born on line 115 on Markendaalseweg, with the help of bus driver and passengers, Omroep Brabant reports.

Bus driver Frans Videler saw in his mirror that something was up with the woman. He heard a shout and saw her water break. He pulled the bus over, let traffic control know via the emergency button and called the emergency services. He was still on the line when the baby was born 

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May 17 '17 07:35

A 10-month-old baby was flung out of her mother's car and onto the road in an accident on the A58 highway on Tuesday afternoon. A trucker blocked the highway to protect the girl from oncoming traffic. Both baby and her 29-year-old mother survived the accident, though the extent of their injuries is unknown.

The 29-year-old woman from Tilburg hit the guard rail for unknown reasons and the car rolled, NOS reports. The baby was flung out of the car, car seat and all. 

trauma helis gelderland
May 9 '17 10:50

At least eight people were injured in a serious accident involving three trucks and one car on the A12 highway at the Oud-Dijk junction in Zevenaar on Tuesday morning. The A12 highway from the German border in the direction of Arnhem is closed while the scene is being cleaned up. Cleanup is expected to take until 1:00 p.m., the police said on Twitter. 

Ambulance
Apr 26 '17 13:30

A man was killed in an accident on a construction site in Groningen on Wednesday morning. According to the police, the construction worker was trapped under a collapsed wall, the Telegraaf reports.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, but aid workers could not save the man. The accident happened on Langezijde in the Oosterparkbuurt neighborhood. 

The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment, formerly the Labor Inspectorate, is investigating what happened. 

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. 

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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.

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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.

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