It’s a dangerous job that involves driving at high speeds to emergencies and also, at times, encountering violent patients.
To help, Anderson County EMS is bringing in a national training program to train its staff and others.
EMS professionals are not taught to defend themselves, they do not go through training like police officers, and they do not carry the equipment officers do in case a scene becomes violent, a press release said.,
So, Anderson County EMS is teaching its emergency medical technicians and paramedics how to defend themselves and to recognize when a normal scene can or will escalate to a violent encounter. They will also learn how to talk their way out of a violent encounter, the press release said.
“We are setting the bar high for safety in the work place,” the release said.
“Training like this is long overdue and not common in the EMS profession,” the press release said. “That is why we are taking these matters in our hands and bringing in DT4EMS to train our staff up to the instructor level, so we can train all of our staff and all new staff in the future.”
The training starts August 31 starting at 8 a.m., and the instructor course ends on September 4.
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