Pioneers in Body Worn Video technology manufacturing, Audax® are pleased to announce their continued support of the Ambulanciersunie, an independent union that serves and supports paramedics working in Belgium.
Ambulanciersunie work to protect the interests of paramedics that work in Belgium. The Union is run by a board of paramedics from various medical disciplines. They know first-hand the issues facing these workers, and the pressures they are put under, and as such, are appropriately placed to represent the network.
The union work to campaign for a better future and tangible improvements for all their members including paramedics, 112 service staff and non-emergency patient transport workers.
They have devised four key objectives to deliver on their goals, to protect the rights and interests of paramedics, to provide more financial resources for the ambulance service, to provide high-quality training and better working conditions.
Audax and the Ambulanciersunie have been working closely together since 2019 to provide bodycams for private and organisational use in French, Dutch and German speaking countries.
The pioneering bodycam technology provides a vital tool for capturing footage from the frontline, at the exact moment of an incident, as well as being an effective deterrent for violence.
Manging Director of Audax, Adam Liardet stated, “Audax renewed sponsorship will enable Ambulanciersunie to continue their hard work to aid and improve the professional lives of healthcare workers. We firmly believe that violence and abuse against ambulance service workforce is inexcusable. These people work tirelessly every day to protect us, and they deserve nothing less than our total support and protection. Audax cameras will go a long way to helping colleagues feel safer, deter misconduct, and provide evidence in the instance of an attack.”
In 2020, it came to light that 60% of mild cases of aggression and 40% of serious cases of aggression against aid workers were dismissed in court, which the Ambulanciersunie and Audax are fighting against as this figure is much too high.
Adam continued, “Attacks on ambulance personnel and paramedics are unfortunately a frequent, but underreported fact. Health facilities such as ambulances have been burned and burgled over the decades, while personnel and patients have been assaulted, injured, intimidated, and threatened. This is not right. It is why we are keen to help those who help us in the UK, Belgium and elsewhere. We have repeatedly proven our body worn cameras mitigate certain risks, however having a product that provides indisputable evidence to support a prosecution is vital.”
The ability to wear a body worn camera allows independent footage of a situation to be captured and footage replayed for a highly accurate and insightful account of any event in question. Medics will have the ability to wear their cameras and start recording if members of the public or patients become aggressive, with the captured film made available to the police if required.
To find out more about the Ambulanciersunie, please visit: https://www.ambulanciersunie.be/audax/
Audax have been the worldwide Pioneers in Body Worn Video (BWV) technology since 2005. We are approved Members of Made in Britain as we design, develop, and perform all final assembly, testing and quality control functions for our products at our Plymouth Headquarters. Silver members of BAPCO (for all professionals using or developing Public Safety technology); The Guild of Security Industry Professionals and accredited to the Good Business Charter; the Audax team is predominantly composed of service veterans and are proud to have the Silver Award of the Armed Forces Covenant.
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