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Local EMS crews learn self defense tactics to stop violent encounters on the job

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REEDSBURG (WKOW) -- It's not just police who deal with violent offenders, but paramedics and EMS crews can be attacked on the job too.

Area emergency responders learn self-defense tactics and how to recognize and stop a violent encounter. These are self-defense tips that you can learn too.

EMTs from Reedsburg, Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells spent the week training to avoid violent encounters on the job, something that's more common than you may think.

"The next thing you know we're getting paramedics with their jaws broken. There was a female paramedic stabbed six times in a station when a guy came in to the station to steal drugs off a unit," said self defense trainer, Kip Teitsort.

Teitsort's a former police officer and EMT. He knows first hand what it's like to be violently attacked while trying to help a patient and he wants to help others.

"There is a massive confusion between a patient and an attacker. Health care providers assume that everyone they're called to is a patient," said Teitsort.

"EMS providers who are getting attacked on the job gets way under reported. I think it's important to get this message out," said Reedsburg EMS Director, Josh Kowalke.

Two of the self defense moves include: how to protect yourself against a punch and the two hand-choke.

"Not every assault is life threatening, but it's life changing," said Teitsort.

Teitsort says more than half of EMTs have been assaulted on the job. He says he's trying to change the culture by bringing awareness to self defense strategies you can do.

Click here for more information. There are many self defense classes in our area. Click here for a list.

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