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NHTSA Urges First Responders To Prepare for Potential Civil Unrest

Jan 14, 2021

NHTSA Office of EMS urges first responders to remain vigilant and prepare for potential unrest

Resources to help EMS community plan for potential events over the next week are available on

In light of last week’s violence at the US Capitol and the upcoming inauguration, it is important that every member of the EMS community maintains situational awareness and prioritizes their safety and the safety of their colleagues and patients.

To help prepare, EMS clinicians are asked to review the document Fire and EMS Response to Civil Unrest on It includes specific steps that can be taken to prepare personnel, stations, apparatus, and the community for emergency response in a challenging environment. You can also find additional resources from the US Fire Administration and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

With the pandemic continuing to strain many communities and EMS systems, the added stress of these events impacts us all. Please take a moment to check on yourself, your crew and your peers. Seeking help requires strength, and in these stressful times many of us will need the additional support.