How often do you hear about a Police Officer or Highway Patrolman injured on the job after being assaulted by an assailant? In today’s society, it seems like it is becoming more and more the “norm” unfortunately. But what about Fire and EMS personnel being assaulted? Studies show that Fire and EMS Personnel are being assaulted at an alarming rate. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, an assault on a healthcare worker is the most common source of non-fatal injury or illness requiring days off from work in the healthcare and social assistance industry. (EMS World Article) Again, why are these assaults not being reported and nobody knows about these incidents. I’m even talking about my peers that have been assaulted, yet I had no idea.

This past week I had the opportunity to attend a DT4EMS: EVE for Fire and EMS class. What is DT4EMS you ask…it stands for Defensive Tactics 4 Escaping Mitigating Surviving: Escaping Violent Encounters for Fire and EMS. This 16 hour, 2-Day jammed pack course was intense and very fun. DT4EMS was created in 1996, after Kip Teitsort found the need to shed light on Violent Encounters that EMS Providers and Fire Personnel go through on a day-to-day basis; yet with little to no reporting of the violence. He felt compelled to start helping providers in assisting them and created DT4EMS and is now a subject matter expert in Violent Encounters in Health Care. More from EPIC Tactical