Non-Lethal Personal Protection-Fire, EMT & Paramedics

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According to a 2005 NAEMT study, the No. 1 injury to EMS providers is assault, with 52% of those surveyed saying they’d been attacked on the job. According to Brian Maguire, DrPH, MSA, a clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who studied the issue, “The risk of nonfatal assault resulting in lost work time among EMS workers is 0.6 cases per 100 workers per year. The national average is about 1.8 cases per 10,000 workers per year. So the relative risk for EMS workers is about 30 times higher than the national average.”  Source: EMS World