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
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:
- Force protection
- Staging of ambulances and personnel
- Awareness of ingress and egress routes
- Stress management
- Utilizing unified command
- Regularly briefing personnel
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:
- Dallas police shooting: Insights into the EMS response
- Rapid Response: Paramedic preparation, response to police shot at mass gatherings
- Inside EMS Podcast: What EMS can learn from the Dallas shooting
- What EMS crews experienced on Ferguson Day 1
- Behind the scenes of Ferguson’s mayhem
- EMS managing stress and fatigue at Ferguson
- EMS challenges and lessons learned from the Ferguson riots
- During Ferguson crisis, vision statement was foundation for successful leadership
- Medic describes anger, heartbreak of Ferguson riots
- EMS coverage for mass gatherings and public events
This article was originally posted July 8, 2016. It has been updated.