Category Archives: Chronicles of a Culture Changer

Situational Awareness: The color-code model

I was first introduced into the concept of threat awareness color-codes during my training at the police academy in 1995. It was a process I applied throughout my career in law enforcement, EMS, and even in my day-to-day life. While it is a system commonly taught to law enforcement and the military, it certainly has […]

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Nurse Safety Tip: Using a door as a barrier

In DT4EMS’ EVE, we draw a line of distinction between a tactic and a technique. Tactics are behaviors, safeguards, polices/procedures and the like to prevent the violent encounter. Techniques are the physical skills used to escape a violent encounter, for when a tactic wasn’t available or appropriate. This safety/defensive tactic is showing examples of how […]

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Mental Prep Practice: Philly Fire Incident

Mental Prep Practice is performed by taking real-life incidents and considering reasonable responses to various problems presented.   As with all the videos we use, there should be no blame or ridicule directed at Fire/EMS/Nursing personnel involved. Since human interaction/conflict is dynamic, there is no such thing as the perfect action/choice. Instead we purchase a […]

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The truth about self-defense everyone should know.

The Truth About Self-Defense Everyone Should Know.     Having spent decades researching self-defense, sifting through both postulated and apocryphal tales of each system’s superiority claim to all others, I found the truth. I found it not only being a perpetual white-belt myself, but in teaching martial arts, self-defense, police defensive tactics, and DT4EMS’ EVE. […]

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How To Video: Ho Made Pepper-Spray with Mitch D’Umbashit

What would Mitch do (WWMD) if he couldn’t purchase real pepper spray? Mitch explains how he makes his own in this “How-to” video. Warning: Mitch is an idiot. He is not an expert in martial arts, self-defense, or anything medically related. As with those like him, He uses the internet to spew fake advice to […]

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What would Mitch do? Dealing With Combative Patients…WWMD?

Mitch is a certified keyboard warrior. He obtained his red belt from the international school of “Take My Dough.” He obtained his medic skills from watching Youtube videos, COPs TV show, and movies like Bringing out the dead and Mother Jugs and Speed. What would Mitch do? Well, whatever it is, professionals wouldn’t. WWMD Pilot […]

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Remember Why You Started.

Remember why you started? Thanks to DT4EMS’ EVE, I have met thousands of nurses, medics, and EMTs all across the country. At the start of every EVE class, during introductions, I shake each attendee’s hand, thank them for coming, and ask, “What got you started?” I may joke and say I got into EMS originally […]

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Combative Patient: The reality of using restraints in healthcare

For years I have attempted to raise awareness of the dangers involved with patient restraints. Oftentimes my pleas of reason fall upon deaf ears. Now, since the subject of violence is getting some real attention, the bandwagon is replete with new patient restraints classes/courses using police style (custody/control) systems, or martial arts (fighting/submission) techniques. Some are […]

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Carjacked and Stolen Ambulances (Compilation Video)

It took me a while to share my story. I was ashamed it happened to me. Then, when I heard other stories so much worse than mine, the DT4EMS hobby became a passion. Someday… EMS will be safer than it was for us. We will make it better for those who follow. #sywyso Ambulances Stolen […]

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Pressure Points, Paramedics, and Combative Patients

Pressure Points, Paramedics, and Combative Patients   Hook, line, and Sinker! As a young cop, I was introduced to a formalized suspect custody/control program. It was widely taught in law enforcement academies, and touted as amazingly effective. Being the perpetual martial arts white-belt, I jumped at the opportunity to train. I later became an instructor […]

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