emergency response

Ambulance
Oct 25 '17 10:10

Last year 41 thousand ambulances arrived at an emergency situation later than the 15 minute standard, an increase of 1,500 late arrivals compared to 2015, according to figures released by Ambulance Care Netherlands. Staff shortages are the reason behind the slower response times, union FNV Care and Welfare says, RTL Nieuws reports.

"Because there are too few employees, ambulance services are routinely eliminated. So it takes longer before an available ambulance is at the scene", an FNV spokesperson said, according to the broadcaster.

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Aug 8 '17 13:00

In Venlo a police car crashed into a pole after the officer driving had to swerve out to avoid another police car. Two police officers were taken to the hospital, NOS reports.

The accident happened around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The officers were responding to a report of a break in at a supermarket in Horst. 

The car that crashed into the pole sustained severe damage. The extent of the officers injuries is unknown.

No one was arrested for the break in, a police spokesperson said to NOS. 

Police
Mar 23 '17 09:10

Last year the police managed to respond to emergency situations within 15 minutes in 84 percent of cases, according to figures the police announced on Wednesday. That means that the response time was too slow in 16 percent of emergencies, about the same as in 2015. The police's goal is to arrive on time in 90 percent of emergencies.

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Apr 20 '15 09:21

Several people were injured in an explosion in a flat on Van Weerden Poelmanstraat in Heerlen on Monday morning. The top floor of the four-story apartment building was almost completely destroyed, 1Limburg reports.

Apr 26 '13 15:33

Three hundred students were evacuated from a university in Leiden after a bomb alert on Friday.

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