“There have been so many incidents. There has been everything from shootings to people with machetes and people smashing ambulances or trying to attack the ambulance staff. We are not safe to the extent we have previously been,” says Henrik Johansson, president of the Ambulance Association to Dagens Medicin.
He explains that the organisation wants the alarm center and ambulances to have access to the same information that police have on people who are likely to be violent or have weapons. But the union also wants to introduce what Henrik Johansson calls tactical units.
“Emergency Medical teams that are ready to enter a hot spot should have riot helmets, bulletproof vests and shin guards. They should have equipment relevant for working in such an environment. They of course also should have gas masks.”
So they will more or less look like the riot police?
“No, the military, I would rather like to say.”