August 1, 2012
The Board of Directors of the National EMS Management Association has decided to address the growing issue of violence against paramedics (to include all credentialed EMS personnel) with a multi-part initiative. If you follow the EMS list-servers, social media, and news re-broadcasters, you know that violence against our own is becoming more visible, if not actually more frequent.
Our initiative will engage NEMSMA members in developing a greater knowledge of the issue of violence against paramedics, increasing field and management awareness of the issues, proper training for paramedics, and survival of violent encounters (physical, mental, legal, and in the media).
This is an important issue which requires some individuals who are interested in working with it. We are seeking NEMSMA members to work on the committee that will be responsible for the initiative, preparing educational content, brainstorming related issues, serving as advocates and champions for the cause. Interest in the subject, and concern for the well-being of paramedics, is a pre-requisite. Subject matter expertise is not required - Kip Tietsort, founder of the Defensive Tactics for EMS/Escaping Violent Encounters for Fire and EMS programs (and one of the nation's top subject matter experts on this topic) has agreed to serve as a resource for this initiative.
Andy Caruso, Director of Operations for MONOC (NJ) Emergency Medical Services, is the chair of this initiative. NEMSMA's efforts in this arena, as well as our other efforts, are dependent on the willingness of our talented and able members to engage in focused committee work to make things happen. If you are interested in working on this issue, please get in touch with Andy either by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (732) 919-3045 ext 1154.