NI Paramedics to wear full riot gear and drive bulletproof vehicles
Paramedics in Northern Ireland are to wear full flame-retardant riot uniforms and drive armoured Land Rovers, it has been reported.
It is believed the move is a result of serious street violence and disorder over the last few years.
Other areas of the UK, including London, will also see paramedics adopt the new safety gear, similar to the current PSNI uniform.
The word 'Paramedic' will be written on helmets and vests, and bulletproof police Land Rovers will have 'Paramedic' written across the side of the vehicles.
Ambulance service medical director, Dr David McManus, told the press: "Nationally this is an issue that has been discussed for a number of years.
"Unfortunately we've had the opportunity to become involved in incidents of civil disturbance more frequently than elsewhere."