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Three Calgary EMS workers injured during call in Parkhill

Police diffused standoff several hours later and arrested one man

Police ended the standoff with the patient around lunchtime. He was taken into custody without incident.

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Police ended the standoff with the patient around lunchtime. He was taken into custody without incident.

Three EMS practitioners were themselves taken to hospital after a physical altercation with a patient on a call Thursday morning.

Adam Loria, public education officer with EMS, said the three were responding to a call at a private residence in Parkhill around 8 a.m. when the incident happened.

The 911 call had come from a family member.

Loria said shortly after the crew arrived, there was a physical altercation that happened between the patient and the EMS staff, resulting in minor soft tissue injuries for the three.

They were taken to hospital. They have been offered counselling services.

Calgary police say a standoff followed the incident. A man was arrested inside the home around noon by a CPS tactical unit.

Loria said Paramedics and EMS professionals occasionally face situations such as this.

“It's an inherent risk with the job” said Loria. “We know that we’ll be going into violent situations similar to this when we sign up to become a paramedic and get the education.”

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