You may recall the story you sent out on “The Secret List” about the firefighters leaving the restaurant to encounter a domestic that went bad. As I do many times, I shared that TSL story with my old guys and several other fire/ems types as a lesson learned with the caveat that it could happen to them any time.
Guess what? Last ‘B’ shift, one of our Captains and his crew were leaving Albertson’s Grocery Store when two civilians came up to them and told them there was a women in a car bleeding badly. Upon investigation the woman had been beaten badly and burned with a cigarette. The Captain (who is also a paramedic) called for law enforcement and a medic unit and started to treat her when her husband came out of the store and wanted to know what was going on. Her is what the Captain just told me: “I immediately thought of your email and decided that wasn’t going to happen here!” Once the husband heard the wife’s sister (who had arrived on the scene) report that a history of domestic violence had been the case for years, the husband started running to his car. The Captain instructed one of his firefighters to keep him out of the car until law enforcement arrived and the husband had second thoughts about taking on this 6’2, 250# linebacker like firefighter.
As is always the case in fire/emergency services training: if it can happen there, it can happen here, unless we train to prevent it from happening at all, and you can quote me on that!
Thanks for all you do!
Chief Ed Cleveland, Retired
West Manatee Fire-Rescue, Bradenton, Florida