Detroit medics to undergo new safety training after stabbing attack

Medics will go through communication and mental health training; the fire commissioner is also considering introducing body armors


By Shawn Ley
Local 4

DETROIT — The day after Eric Jones was appointed Detroit Fire Commissioner, Detroit EMTs Alfredo Rojas and Kelly Adams were viciously attacked by a man with a box cutter.

Now, Jones is fast tracking safety training for Detroit medics. "The first thing I want to do is immediately get them some training as it relates to de-escalation and how to handle violent individuals or mental individuals at a scene," Jones said.

It will start with communication training called "verbal judo," skills for medics to de-escalate a violent person. Jones says Boston EMS got the same training from Detroit police.

Read full story: Detroit EMS to undergo training after vicious attack

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