Firefighting

PROTECTING FIREFIGHTERS FROM VIOLENCE

Issue 6 and Volume 149.

PROTECTING FIREFIGHTERS FROM VIOLENCE BY DANIEL R. BECK Many times, we respond to incidents at which we will encounter people who are out of control. Such incidents include emergency calls involving alcohol and drug use, gang violence, crime, and civil unrest. The Los Angeles Riots demonstrated to firefighters everywhere that we no longer are immune from violent attacks by the people in our community we are called to serve. Violence is widespread and can occur on virtually every call to which we respond. In most cases, firefighters will be called to treat and help the victims of violent attacks. The question has become, What can we do to stop violence against firefighters? Of course, whenever violence is involved or there is an indication that it may be involved, the police should be on the scene to secure it and to make it “secure” for responding firefighters and other emergency personnel.…

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