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Inside EMS Special Podcast: How to prepare for and respond to violence at protests

Chris Cebollero and Greg Friese, MS, NRP, discuss EMS MCI response lessons learned from protests turned violent in Ferguson and Dallas


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On July 7, 2016, five police officers were shot and killed, and nine more were wounded, as well as civilians, during a protest in Dallas. Hundreds had gathered to protest fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

In this special episode of the Inside EMS podcast, host Chris Cebollero and EMS1 Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese discuss the incident and response.

Cebollero describes the decisions and mistakes he made as the Christian Hospital EMS chief during the violence and riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Cebollero shares the lessons learned from the Ferguson riots EMS response about:

Listen to the show and share your comments and resources for EMS operations at mass gatherings that turn violent in the comments.

Additional protest violence resources

Learn more about how to plan for and respond to a protest turned violent, or riots in your community with these resources:

This article was originally posted July 8, 2016. It has been updated.

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