Over at JEMS Chief Skip Kirkwood has written an article concerning self-defense for EMS folks. You can go here and read it.
It is a pretty good article and it addresses what seems to be a growing problem.
The standard response is always “Don’t get yourself into that bad situation”, “Stage for law enforcement”, and “Retreat when things start to go bad”.
Good advice. When it works.
You see, EMS folks get themselves into all sorts of situations that have the potential to go south without warning. And there you are, in the back bedroom of a house. On the second floor.
What do you do?
Retreat? You have several family members to get through. And the stairs. And you’re on the second floor.
You could push that orange button? If your service has one. And if your digital radio system has 100% coverage (yeah, right).
You could call for help. But wait, that radio is stuck cutely to your belt in the small of your back.
Think about it while you and your partner are getting your asses kicked. Or worse.
Now, there are those that are going to say arm EMS. Give EMS concealed carry. OK, as a former Army medic I am OK with packing heat. I packed an M16A1 and an M9, along with a pair of M67s. But it was a different situation and is another entire topic.
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In this scenario, you were caught off guard. It was a “Grandma fell down and went boom” call. 17A3G. Good neighborhood. The family is pissed off because you are not helping Grandma fast enough Now the feces has hit the fan.
It’s simple. We need training and education that goes beyond “Scene safe and PPE”.
The days of narrow focus EMT and paramedic classes are coming to an end. Actually, they should have
We spend a lot of time talking about how to do things. How to put on a splint, dress a wound, start an IV, and place an ET tube. We do not spend enough time on why, but that, too, is another topic.
We also spend a lot of time sending our people into potentially bad situations with no preparation and no real plan on how to deal with that situation when it arises.
We also need to include, as a part of our initial training and our ongoing training, instruction on self-defense tactics, verbal and physical. If it adds 50-75 hours to an EMT class, the so be it.
If it adds 26-48 hours of training every other year or so to our continuing education program, the so be it.
If it means that we have to have better physical fitness standards, well, so be it. And if it means we have to maintain those standards, well, so be that, too.
We should not be setting our people up to be victims.