Firefighter

Media is reporting more and more about the fact that the workforce is hindered, offended and even attacked by curious people and family members.

Whereas earlier "only" insults and verbal attacks, physical violence is now increasingly used. They are mostly alcoholic men, who lack any respect, but also the members of the family, who are overwhelmed by the situation.

In their work, it is particularly important to be as fast as possible at the place of employment, to have the adequate space there and then to be able to perceive the tasks, namely, to help people, without problems. These operations alone are often psychological as well as physical extremes, which demand the utmost of the people on the ground.

The state is countered by a tightening of criminal law. Articles 114 and 115 were added to criminal law. This particularly highlighted the professional groups of police and rescue workers, because bodily injuries within these professional groups are now severely punished. It remains to be seen whether the deterrence acts through tougher penalties. Often the acts happen spontaneously, unplanned and thoughtless. Something has to be done to prevent overlapping attacks or to be quickly stopped.

Let's just get some ideas. Not every idea can be implemented, some things need to be discussed, tried and improved. Maybe you are affected or you know someone who has already had experiences with this topic.

What measures could help prevent attacks on emergency personnel?

1. The different occupational profiles of the emergency personnel should be addressed more intensively in the school. A variety of compartments could be used. In sport lessons, exercises are carried out from the field of work of the emergency staff. From the self-defense of the police to the fitness program of the fire brigade, exercises can be offered in the different grades. In politics, the social significance of this work is discussed. Natural sciences explain the chemical, physical and biological effects of a fire or the effects of drugs. Each subject can be a link between the tasks of the mission forces and the life situations that children and teenagers might potentially be exposed to.

2. Within the scope of vocational preparation, the professional images of the emergency personnel could be presented more intensively.

3. During the school run, there could be annual meetings between children, young people and representatives of the emergency personnel. At the same time, it is then possible to look at any experiences and scenarios in accordance with age. This could be subjects such as drug consumption, minor criminality, violence, bullying etc. People in uniform have to be seen as friends and helpers again.

4. It is also possible to go to problem areas and practice an exercise on the spot. So not until a concrete application is available. Rather, this is targeted by such a measure, which is not heated by the stress of the actual employment, but then also provides opportunities to come into contact with local residents. The "Open Day" comes to the citizens on site.

5. Perhaps it would be a good idea that other citizens, as well as a protective shield, would also gather around the forces of intervention or de-escalating the aggressor. Civil courage can be manifold in a variety of ways.

6. In some areas, the rescue team may need assistance by the police.

7. Additional training of the personnel can extend the training and further education.

8. In kindergardens theater groups could play scenarios. Other professional groups could expand the concept.

9. Parents must be brought close, that one should not be afraid of the police and co in the course of the education the children. The policeman must be brought closer to the youngest as a friend and helper.

10. Increased appearance in social media channels. There, calls, information, portraits of colleagues, fictional assignments etc. could be posted.

11. Conversations with certain groups of perpetrators should be strengthened. Moderated individual talks between victims and perpetrators.

12. Young media builders (bloggers, YouTubers, filmmakers, writers, etc.) should adopt the topic and bring this to the public in their own way.

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What is the situation in other countries, regions and cultures? What are your ideas, views and opinions on the subject. Have you ever been affected? Let us develop ideas and measures to stop this behaviour. 

 

Further information:

1. http://www.firefighternation.com/articles/2010/04/what-we-can-do-about-violence-against-firefighters.html

2. http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-169/issue-10/departments/fireems/scene-safety-violence-against-firefighters.html

3. http://www.jems.com/articles/print/volume-38/issue-3/health-and-safety/preventing-violence-against-ems-and-firs.html

4. https://medium.com/homeland-security/violence-on-the-rise-against-fire-ems-personnel-bac670c0a5e3

5. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/247748667_Violence_Against_Police_Officers_Are_Female_Officers_at_Greater_Risk

25.06.2017
 
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