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Exclusive: Why EMS got ballistic vests for Ferguson riots

During the Ferguson riots, EMS Chief Chris Cebollero discusses stress management for his crews, communication problems and issuing bullet proof vests.
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Brian Michael Ruiz Brian Michael Ruiz Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:25:05 PM Do the Ferguson crews really feel in danger now?
Steve Erb Steve Erb Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:18:41 PM Excellent report, Chief.
Jen Royer Jen Royer Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:30:48 PM Great job Chief. Thank you for leading us during this extraordinary time. Thank you to the whole CHEMS Leadership Team.
Chris Cebollero Chris Cebollero Friday, August 29, 2014 11:53:30 AM Things are slowly getting back to normal.
Sharon Schiller Fusco Sharon Schiller Fusco Friday, August 29, 2014 11:58:20 AM Very powerful and informative. My son plannning on going to EMT school in Jan.
Brian Michael Ruiz Brian Michael Ruiz Friday, August 29, 2014 2:20:46 PM Chris Cebollero I was just thinking that at MedStar back in 2008 when one of our crews got shot, we did have a call for body armor but higher ups felt it was an isolated event and all the crews stated they felt no differently about the area as the target wasn't the crew but the guy we had in the back of the rig
Jan Newman Franklin Jan Newman Franklin Friday, August 29, 2014 10:39:23 PM Awesome!!! We worried about them!!
Devon Daugirda Devon Daugirda Saturday, August 30, 2014 9:10:07 PM What state was your MedStar in?
Brian Michael Ruiz Brian Michael Ruiz Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:56:36 PM Devon Daugirda Illinois
Lawrence Ryan Lawrence Ryan Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:37:23 AM It's hard to view something like that as an isolated event. Every instance I've ever heard of, where a member of the EMS community was shot or stabbed, it was a random attack. Meaning they were targeted because they were EMS. It wasn't because of anything they did or represented individually. That is the scary part sometimes. Some people are willing to do harm to anyone in EMS, just because they were who they are and where they are. If somebody attacks a female EMS provider or a black EMS provider or a gay EMS provider, that is in some way not as alarming. Obviously it is alarming that they would attack somebody for those types of reasons, but it is a targeted attack. Somebody who shoots as a paramedic just because they are a paramedic is a bit more alarming because that means more of us are in danger. When one person attacks a paramedic, they attack all of us in a way. I may be blowing this out of proportion but that is how I feel and i think how many members of the EMS community feel.

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