I am in South Carolina preparing for a 4 hour instructor session this afternoon. The session is on active learning--techniques to make the class more interesting, active and to promote learning. I also present on teaching affective objectives. These are areas where instructors must reach outside of tradition and the ol' comfort zone to really reach their students.
One of the things I talk about is teaching safety and survival. New students don't really understand what the hazards are...what causes injury and kills EMTs. Violence is perceived as a leading cause, but is much lower than the big three: air medical crashes, heart attacks and motor vehicle crashes.
My daily check of EMS news found this article: EMT loses arm in RT. 59 crash
Our best wishes to Bonnie Ames and Scott Millar. And to all, be careful out there!