A higher frequency of protests and rally events is expected in the coming months, due in part to the United States Supreme Court deliberating on several cases that could be highly contentious.
With an increase in these events, it is possible there will be deliberate attempts to escalate peaceful protests into violence and destruction of property, including individual acts of vandalism or arson. This could elevate the safety risk for fire and EMS personnel responding to these fluid incidents.
Planning and preparedness are crucial for public safety agencies to successfully coordinate management and response during any large public gathering—especially if these gatherings deteriorate into civil unrest.
The U.S. Fire Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Emergency Medical Services worked together to compile best practices to assist you with your response to civil unrest incidents in your community. Fire and EMS personnel should follow this general guidance to prepare personnel, the station, apparatus and the community for emergency response in a challenging environment.
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: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times