Delta Township Firefighters Learn Self-Defense

It's happened to Delta Township firefighter and paramedic Brent Davenport too many times. He was trying to help, and he ended up getting hurt.

"Personally, I've been attacked a few times, I had a fellow become quite pushy with me. I was guarding a down power line in my fire gear, and he just walked up out of the blue, and he started screaming and flailing and ended up having to have the state police restrain him," said Brent Davenport, a paramedic and firefighter for Delta Township

And it doesn't just happen to him. A study by the National EMD Advisory Council found that over half of all paramedics have been injured by a violent attacker.

"It happens to all of us all the time," said Davenport.

So he decided to do something about it.. Davenport scheduled Delta Township EMS and Fire's shift training for outside of the station. He brought the crew to Victory Martial Arts so they could learn simple self-defense.

"They don't have access to weaponry like a police officer, so they need something to be able to protect themselves," said John Faett, the chief instructor at Victory Martial Arts.

The firefighters and paramedics learned how to restrain someone without hurting them, using pressure points and elbows instead of fists.

"Things that they could use after a very short period of time."

And they had no choice but to learn in a short period of time. The crew was called out to a fire in the middle of class. Davenport hopes they left more equpped than when they came in.


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