JOPLIN, MO.--- A training session called Defensive Tactics for E.M.S was held at Missouri Southern State University today.
"According to the National Association of EMT's, 52% of EMS providers report being assaulted on the job. And then in the hospital, 50 of E.D. nurses or emergency nurses have reported being physically assaulted on the job," said Kip Teitsort, DT4EMS Founder.
The training focuses on four specific things. The first one, train your brain.
"Is it okay to defend myself? When should I not? What's the difference between a patient? What's the difference between an actual patient and an attacker?" Asked Teitsort.
Instructors say it's important to learn street skills.
"Not beating someone up, not controlling someone. We are not supposed to be taking custody of somebody or take them to jail. But actually escaping a violent encounter," he said.
Training for media and preparing for court were the other two topics. Missouri Southern staff say it's important to know self defense and report it.
"For example, I've been attacked three times and I've never report it because I didn't know that I should be then," Brett Peine, MSSU EMS Director.
Staff say 52% may seem like a lot, but it's actually a low number. 52% is the number of those who have reported an incident. For E.M.T's who want to learn more about self defense, click here.
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