Emerging threats for first responders

First responders accept the challenge of protecting communities, responding to threats and providing critical life saving care.

In a survey of U.S. first responders

conducted by DSM Dyneema and EMS1


of EMS respondents

say they have been in or know

a colleague or friend who has been

involved in an active shooter incident

There have been two major shifts in doctrine related to response to active shooter and similar mass casualty events in the last 10 years.

The first shift is the aggressive pursuit of alleged assailants without waiting for a SWAT team, which had been the previous practice.

The second major change is recognizing the need for emergency medical contingency planning. This includes training all tactical personnel and line officers in the basics of self-care and buddy care with the focus on bleeding control and the addition of dedicated tactical medics.*

The response to active shooter events has changed.



of EMS respondents say that

high profile incidents

like those in Orlando and Dallas

have made them seek additional

personal protection

75% of EMS respondents say that

gear is needed for their

organization to be prepared for a

high threat situation,


say training is needed


Historically, EMS providers staged a safe distance away until police methodically secured the scene before permitting EMS to access victims. This practice is being phased out and replaced by procedures including the rescue task force model, a more integrated approach in which EMS collaborates as part of initial response teams, much closer to the frontlines for faster response times.

Increased Violence Against EMS Providers

The national average for non-fatal occupational

injury rates per 100 full-time workers

per year is 5.8

The EMS industry average is 34.6

The job of first responders is more dangerous, but organizations are working to protect, educate and train against emerging threats.

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