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Firefighter Safety: The Violent Confrontation

By Jeremy Jones Are violent attacks and/or assaults on first responders a new phenomenon? Of course not; they have been going on for years. The difference is that over time, these assaults have become more and more violent and the "It's part of the job" mindset is beginning to change. On average, at least 50 percent of all paramedics/EMTs polled have been assaulted on some way in the last year. Your department has a preplan of action for most emergency responses in your area and I'm sure you train according to those preplans. Do you train for violence? Does your department have a preplan in place for a violent confrontation on the fireground? If your policy is simply to call the...

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