By Natalie Tarangioli, KGUN9:
Tucson firefighters are learning how to defend themselves in dangerous situations.
Firefighters tell KGUN9 that staffing shortages in the department mean fewer first responders on certain calls. They’re now learning a new skill at the Public Safety Academy – self defense.
“Sometimes they’re targets of violence, and if we can mitigate that in any way that we can, that’s what we want to do as police officers,” Justin Kneup, Tucson Police defensive tactics coordinator said.
Kneup demonstrated takedowns on the mat Tuesday morning.
Tucson Fire training captain, Ed Hackett, says these firefighters are given the skills to handle situations they hope don’t happen too often.
The training started last month as the department has been experiencing staffing shortages and firefighters being threatened.
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