Hopefully you have seen this video on your local news, but if not, we wanted to share it with you.
The video shows a Warren County Ohio (near Cincinnati) Deputy Sheriff doing a “check on the welfare” of a local citizen and when the citizen comes out-he aims and fires at the Deputy. Her training kicked in and her alertness, situational awareness and instant reaction saved her life.
HOW IS THIS RELATED TO US?
There have been several examples of Firefighters & EMS personnel being assaulted and shot when simply responding to help someone in-or in-perceived need.
This latest law enforcement incident in Ohio made me immediately remember the late Prince George’s County Firefighter Paramedic John Ulmschneider. Ulmschneider was tragically shot and killed in the Line of Duty…while checking on the welfare of a citizen.
On April 15, 2016, he was killed, and another Firefighter, 19-year-old volunteer Firefighter Kevin Swain, was shot four times and thankfully survived. 2 other volunteer Firefighters on the scene also suffered minor injuries while seeking cover during the shooting.
Both reports about the LODD of Firefighter Paramedic Ulmschneider are below.
***FIREFIGHTER, EMT & PARAMEDIC REMINDERS***
As a reminder, while law enforcement have weapons and are trained to deal with this-we are not. The following were listed by NIOSH related to the Maryland FF/Medic shooting and are important for all Firefighters & EMS personnel to clearly understand. Department policies should also reflect these recommendations.
• Police were not on scene at time door was forced open
• Fire Fighter Identification (lack of standardized station uniform) and time of evening
• Lack of communication of important information to responders (presence of firearms in
• Resident did not acknowledge multiple attempts by fire department to contact him verbally and
by knocking on front door
• Fire fighters/paramedics not wearing ballistic vests or personal protective equipment.
• Fire, EMS, police departments, and dispatch agencies should ensure that police are the
primary agency initially assigned to “check on the welfare” of occupants and that information
regarding weapons in a residence are communicated to all of the responding agencies
• Fire and EMS departments should implement standard operating procedures requiring fire
fighters and EMS providers to present themselves in uniforms that readily identify them to be
• Fire, EMS, police departments and dispatch agencies should ensure important responder safety information is requested during the call taking process and that information is transferred into the dispatch system and provided to first responders.
FIRE-RESCUE & EMS PERSONNEL:
While there are many EMS calls that are dispatched with a specific known emergency (heart attack, fall, trouble breathing, COVID patient etc) we still must always keep our eyes wide open, size up the obvious and the not so obvious – and be cognizant of your surroundings-and those around us.
HERE IS THE SHERIFFS DEPUTY VIDEO:
HERE IS THE NIOSH REPORT ON THE PGFD FIREFIGHTER-MEDIC SHOOTING:
HERE IS THE PGFD SAFETY INVESTIGATION REPORT:
Rest In Peace Firefighter Paramedic John Ulmschneider.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.