A shocking video showing a man attacking ambulance staff has been released to highlight the violence faced by paramedics.
Technician Heath Ismay and Ambulance Care Assistant Mark Maddy were attending patient Matthew Fealey in Talbot Street, Nottingham, at 4am on January 27, this year, after concerned passers-by called for an ambulance.
Once in the back of the ambulance, Fealey became aggressive and attacked the crew, throwing punches, kicking and pulling out Heath’s hair.
This is the shocking moment an ambulance crew is attacked by a patient they are trying to help and have to call in police
The video shows the vicious assault on the crew as they battle to protect themselves and subdue the assailant.
Police officers were on the scene within six-minutes following a call by the ambulance crew asking for assistance.
Fealey, 34, from Methyr Tydfil in Wales was arrested by police officers and was charged with assault and given a 17-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, at Nottingham Magistrates Court on 29 March 2019.
Mark Maddy, 47, an ambulance care assistant for EMAS for 9 years, said: “I’ve been verbally assaulted a few times during my nine years at EMAS and once physically, but never on this scale.
“I was really disappointed that this chap felt the need to have a pop at us, when we were trying to help him.
“I was okay after this incident, just a bit shocked. It has affected the way I approach similar patients - in the back of your mind you are always wondering if it is going to escalate and get out of hand.”
Heath Ismay, 53, an ambulance technician who has worked for EMAS for five years, said: “When we arrived to treat him, he was really compliant, but within a few minutes his whole demeanour changed. And the way he was fighting, he was really going for it - he knew what he was doing.
“I was quite upset about him