Assault: A New Reality for First Responders

08/20/2013
By Jeremy Jones As a firefighter, you understand that you could die in a structural collapse while fighting a heavily involved building. You signed up knowing that risk exists. As a firefighter, you are aware that you may die while fighting a wildfire and your escape route gets cut off due to a wind shift. You signed up knowing that risk exists. As a paramedic, you understand that you could die while providing lifesaving care to a patient in an unstable, unsafe environment and the unthinkable happens. You signed up knowing that risk exists. As a first responder, you do not (and should not) accept dying or being seriously injured from an assault, attack, or ambush, but that is exactly what...

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