Nineteen people at the Sintermeertencollege in Heerlen suffered health complaints on Tuesday after a number of students sprayed pepper spray in the school The building was evacuated as a precaution, as the fire department could not immediately say what was causing people to fall ill, NU.nl reports.
A police station in Tilburg was closed with immediate effect on Thursday after police officers working at the station fell ill two days in a row. Contaminated climate control filters are believed to be the culprit, NOS reports.
The station on Brucknerlaan was evacuated for some time on Wednesday after five police officers suddenly started feeling unwell. They reported smelling a strange odor. They were checked over by paramedics, but none of them had to go to hospital.
Seven residents of an apartment building on Prinses Annalaan in Leidschendam were taken to hospital on Tuesday to be checked for carbon monoxide poisoning. A total of 16 homes were evacuated, AD reports.
The fire department and ambulance service responded to the apartment building in large numbers on Tuesday afternoon after someone reported smelling gas in the building. Measurements showed that there was no gas leak, but there was a much too high concentration of carbon monoxide in the building.
Employees of various sectors are striking for better pensions and to freeze the retirement age at 66 throughout the Netherlands on Monday. The first and most disrupting strike was in public transit between 6:00 a.m. and 7:06 a.m. During that time no NS trains were running, as well as no trams, subways and buses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.
A 34-year-old man from Utrecht died early on Friday morning after he got stuck between the fence and the roof of a bicycle shed. What the man was doing there is not yet clear. But the police concluded that his death was an accident, RTL Nieuws reports.
At around 3:00 a.m. a resident of an apartment building on Willem Schuylenburglaan heard someone shouting for help, but could not figure out where it came from. The police were called and officers found the victim in the bike shed.
Emergency services in Leiden rescued two students from a construction crane during the early hours of Monday morning. The two young men were stuck in the crane on a construction site on Wassenaarsweg. Passersby reported them to the police at around 1:30 a.m., NU.nl reports.
Why they climbed into the crane, and why they couldn't get back down themselves, is not clear. Both the police and fire brigade responded to the scene. The street was closed down.
Ambulance personnel throughout the Netherlands will soon be equipped with bullet- and stab proof vests and helmets, based on advice from Ambulancezorg Nederland. The vests are intended to better protect paramedics in dangerous conditions and terror situations, NOS reports.
The paramedics will not be obliged to always wear the protective clothing, they can assess the situation themselves. According to Ambulancezorg Nederland, they have no recorded incidents in the past where paramedics needed bulletproof vests.
Two men, aged 33 and 43, were found dead in an assisted living home on Reinevaartsstraat in Tilburg on Saturday. The cause of the men's death is not yet clear, NU.nl reports.
The two victims were found in different rooms in the home. Paramedics responded to the home when one of the victims was found unresponsive. When the paramedics could not determine the cause of his death, the police were called in.
The second victim was found in another room while emergency services were still in the building.
Five people fell ill in Club Fix in Tilburg during the early hours of Sunday morning after someone set off a fire extinguisher. The incident happened around 3:00 a.m., the police confirmed to NU.nl.
It is believed that the dust from the fire extinguisher ended up in the club's air conditioning. The five people became sick from breathing the fumes.
The owner of the club vacated the building as a precaution. The five ill people were treated for respiratory problems by paramedics at the scene.
Police officers became unwell on Tuesday after they discovered 4,200 liters of drug waste in the back of a truck in Hulten, Noord-Brabant. The 27-year-old truck driver was arrested, NU.nl reports.
The officers decided to check the truck after the driver told them an incoherent story. When they opened the truck, a chemical smell caused them to fall ill. They were checked over at the scene by paramedics.
The number of people suspected of violence against people with a public duty, like police officers, firefighters and paramedics, increased by nearly 20 percent last year. In 2017 a total of 8,964 people were suspected of verbally or physically attacking an emergency worker, compared to 7,502 the year before, NOS reports.
A 35-year-old man was arrested in Amersfoort on Sunday night after he threw his bicycle at a passing ambulance and then assaulted the driver, ANP reports.
The incident happened on Utrechtseweg. The man threw a bicycle at a passing ambulance, hitting it. The paramedics stopped, thinking that they hit someone. When the driver opened his door, the man again threw the bicycle at the ambulance. When the driver approached him, he punched the driver in the face.
A man from Newcastle in England is feared drowned after he fell from a party boat on the Noordzee canal just outside Amsterdam around 00:30 a.m. on Sunday. Emergency services searched the canal for hours, but eventually had to halt the search without success, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zaanstreek-Waterland said on Twitter.
The man went overboard near Westzaan. The captain of the ship threw a life jacket to him, but the man disappeared under water, according to newspaper AD.
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.
A woman in Utrecht was badly injured on Sunday after she fell out of a toilet window. The police found the wounded woman lying on the street at about 2:50 a.m.
A fifteen-year-old schoolgirl has been arrested for stabbing a fellow female student in the back, police confirmed. The attack was allegedly caused by an argument that got out of hand, and ended with one of the girls brandishing a weapon.
A paramedic was fired by his employer just west of Maastricht, in the Belgian town of Nieuwerkerken. The man had taken an ambulance without the knowledge of his boss and turned it into a set of a pornographic shoot.
Paramedics responding to reports of an assault victim Sunday were met by an aggressive group of people who thought the response time was too slow. Police arrived at the scene to protect the ambulance workers as they treated an 18-year-old man who was beaten with a drinking glass.