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Randycas_max50

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Posted about 7 years ago

 

A while back I was driving and all of a sudden the traffic was coming to a sudden halt. Just ahead of me was a 5 car accident and I went up to see what was going on. The police were just coming in and there are people that were hurting. There was a lady that had been sandwitched between 2 cars and some other things but this was a while back so it is not fresh in my memory.

I would like to help out and do a lot of emergency preparation and so on but feel that if I do something I am in the way. I will give assistance when I am not in the way. I also want to do services like taking pictures of the incident and giving it to the cops but they normally have their own fensics. I am first aid trained and can do something to calm people down and at the time was in a Security Officer uniform. I know it always depends on the situation but I do want to help out and know of several things I can do, as a citizen is one thing but then in a company uniform could be perceived differently. If I calmed someone down that was crying and hurt with something like saying, "I know you are hurting, the medics are on their way!" I would do it in a calm way. Then there is all this stuff like someone else is going to do it. I think that is a wrong attitude what is the general attitude about a situation like this?

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I salute your drive to help people. The best thing to do is to try to calm them down ( I know from experience). You do have the right attitude, its natural to want to help others in need. Have you considered a career as a medic? But since you don't want to be in "uniform", I don't know how wide your options are. There are others here that can help you further. Continue you desire to help others, it is a great feeling when you accomplish that.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I read your profile and see that you enjoy photography, as stated in the forum. There are lawyers and private agencies that employ civilians for photography. A family member of mine has done this in the past. Check around.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

What exactly are you asking?

Randycas_max50

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As a Security Officer I would like to be able to help out in the event of an emergency and appropriately help people, calm them down, talk nicely, give them reassurance and if appropriate take appropriate pictures of the accident. I will not be rude and I do not have an ego but know of my capabilities and would like to utilize them. I get the impression from rude people, "We only want professionals." I feel I am professional and will not go beyond my expertise but respect what others are doing and commend them for it not putting anyone down. There are those that are rude and do put others down, must show their ego and say bug off. My question is because there are all these professionals and I am trained can I help? When discussing this with peers I get mixed reactions such as I do not know what I would do in a situation like that. Well I do know what I would do in a situation like that and will do everything to be helpful but not get in the way.

Bbqxena_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I'll try and explain atleast my point of view if I was on a major accident and you came up:

Assist all you want prior to police arriving or should I say help out as much as the victim (injured) wishes you to. If the police are on scene and you come up, it could possibly be a crime scene and you are no longer welcome (on most cases). If a med unit is not on scene yet and there are injured persons, say to the officer, "I am trained in a,b,c, do you want me to help..?" If they say yes Great, if they say no, don't take it personal and just go away...unless you witnessed the accident and then he/she will probably want your information for the report.

As for taking pictures; I can't see any officer or agency ever allowing you to shoot pictures "on-scene" for many reasons....Can we stop you from doing so at a safe "public" distance, probably not...depending on the state and laws....As for using your expertise - cops know that they can not use them anyway - Once a potential crash incident criminal or civil goes to court the attorneys will rip the agency apart for using a civilians pictures - some questions could be - Where did you get your crime scene training? Well it's just photography class....did you include the "drag-effect?" photo's, did you include the blood splatters and fuel spillage photos? Basically they would chew you and the agency to pieces on the stand, which you would be subpoena to for taking such photos... has nothing to do with your intentions.......it's the specificity of your training.....for example - I use to sleep with my assualt rifle in the military, yet I could not carry it on duty until I had the 8hr rifle class.........It's all about liability and certifications....

Do what you can and nothing more....hope that helps...

Trex_comp_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I agree with Tat2


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