Should EMS require tactical gear for providers in wake of FDNY EMT's murder?
The stabbing death of Capt. Alison Russo-Elling brings up new fears for providers in the field and raises old questions regarding personal safety
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This week, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the murder of FDNY EMS Capt. Alison Russo-Elling, who was violently stabbed to death by a man just a half mile from her home EMS station. The conversation touches on personal safety, how to prepare the EMS workforce with additional safety equipment and self defense training.
The duo also revisit the fraught discussion about arming EMS providers in the field and how thoughts on the topic have evolved over the years.
Notable quotes from the episode
Some people say, 'We're not combatants, we're compassionate.' I was a combat medic; we can do both." — Chris Cebollero
Are we becoming so inured to the violence we face every day that we look at it as part of the job?" — Kelly Grayson
I think we need to learn hand-to-hand combat, I think we need to worry about wearing Kevlar vests, and we need to think about arming our paramedics with some kind of weapon." — Chris Cebollero
more about Fallen FDNY EMS Capt. Alison Russo-Elling
- An outpouring of support, outrage over FDNY EMS provider's murder
- Rapid response: Risk of senseless violence is constantly looming
- EMS response is often considered safer than firefighting, but is it?
- Former partner of slain FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo reflects on her love of EMS
- Slain FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo devoted herself to volunteer agency for 30 years
- Fallen 25-year FDNY veteran was months from retirement
- FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo to be posthumously promoted to captain